Evapotranspiration

The process of water vapor transfer from vegetated land surfaces into the atmosphere; an essential part of the global hydrologic cycle. Evapotranspiration includes evaporation (the change of liquid water, from bodies of water and wet soil, into water vapor) and transpiration (in which which water is drawn from the soil into plant roots, transported through the plant, and then evaporated from leaves and other plant surfaces into the air)