evapo·​trans·​pi·​ra·​tion | \ i-ˈva-pō-ˌtran(t)-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce evapotranspiration (audio) \

Definition of evapotranspiration

: loss of water from the soil both by evaporation and by transpiration from the plants growing thereon

Examples of evapotranspiration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Land is greening up earlier and causing an earlier loss of water from the land surface through evapotranspiration – the loss of water from plants and soil. Imtiaz Rangwala, The Conversation, 19 May 2022 Scientists have linked the use of fertilizers to an increase in evapotranspiration, the process by which water moves from the ground to the air. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 This evapotranspiration also cools the forest—it’s sweating, basically—so without it the Amazon not only dries out, but heats up. Matt Simon, Wired, 7 Mar. 2022 From space, the instrument can measure a range of aspects on a landscape, such as the temperature of different plants and the amount of evapotranspiration taking place in a forest. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2021 Trees and vegetation lower surface and air temperatures by providing shade and through evapotranspiration. Nives Dolsak And Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Their roots also suck water from the ground and eventually release it to the air in a process called evapotranspiration. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, 2 Sep. 2020 Such warmth has dramatic repercussions on the landscape, primarily through evapotranspiration, the process by which plants and soils release moisture into the atmosphere. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2020 Paulo Brando, a tropical ecologist at the University of California, Irvine, and the Woods Hole Research Center, who was not involved in the study, cites reduced evapotranspiration as another possible contributor. Jim Daley, Scientific American, 18 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of evapotranspiration

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for evapotranspiration

evaporation + transpiration

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“Evapotranspiration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evapotranspiration. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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