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Precipitation (meteorology)

Lentz, R.D. (1995) Precipitation (meteorology). In: McGraw Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology - 1996. pp. 271-274. McGraw-Hill Inc., New York.

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Precipitation sustains nearly all terrestrial plants
and animals: both rain-fed and irrigated agriculture
depend on an appropriate amount and distribution
of annual rain and snowfall. Precipitation also initiates
important hydrological processes. such as infiltration.
recharge, runoff, and erosion. Although
these processes support natural plant communities
and make agriculture possible, they may facilitate
development of serious environmental problems,
such as the contamination of surface waters with
excess sediment, nutrients, and natural and manufactured
chemicals and the adulteration of ground
water via soil transport of surface-applied compounds.
Understanding how precipitation may vary
in the landscape permits identification of areas of
high impact, better focusing of management efforts,
maximization of agricultural productivity, and minimization
of potentially adverse environmental

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