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Biotic pump of atmospheric moisture as driver of the hydrological cycle on land



Biotic pump of atmospheric moisture as driver of the hydrological cycle on land



Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 11(2): 1013-1033



In this paper the basic geophysical and ecological principles are jointly analysed that allow the landmasses of Earth to remain moistened sufficiently for terrestrial life to be possible. 1. Under gravity, land inevitably loses water to the ocean. To keep land moistened, the gravitational water runoff must be continuously compensated by the atmospheric ocean-to-land moisture transport.

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DOI: 10.5194/hess-11-1013-2007


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