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rain

water falling in drops from the clouds; the descent of water from the clouds in drops. Rain is water by the heat of the sun divided into very small parts ascending in the air, till, encountering the cold, it be condensed into clouds, and descends in drops. (ray) Fair days have oft contracted wind and rain. (milton)

Rain is distinguished from mist by the size of the drops, which are distinctly visible. When water falls in very small drops or particles, it is called mist; and fog is composed of particles so fine as to be not only individually indistinguishable, but to float or be suspended in the air. See Fog, and Mist.

(Science: meteorology) Rain band See quail. Rain water, water that has fallen from the clouds in rain.

Origin: OF. Rein, AS. Regen; akin to OFries. Rein, D. & G. Regen, OS. & OHG. Regan, Icel, Dan, & Sw. Regn, Goth. Rign, and prob. To L. Rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. To wet, to rain.


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Re: Organism that create or supress water

... water during photosynthesis. Burning the forests would not make us drown due to changes in metabolic water flux, but might make us drown when it rains and the hillsides slide into the valleys (trees and bushes stabilize the sloping soil).

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by jonmoulton
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Herbivores without predators

... avoid extinction in the resulting desert. In fact, come to think of it, given a desert due to overgrazing coinciding wih a couple of years of poor rains it is very doubtful that any animal life would have developed on Earth without predation.

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by animartco
Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:53 pm
 
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acid rain and carbon cycle?

... close to 7, but if you let it stand for some time, it will drop, because it absorbs some CO2 from air. Anyway, CO2 is not the main cause of acid rains.

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by JackBean
Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:32 pm
 
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well, H2CO3 doesn't contribute to acid rains, so it's kind of irrelevant ;) I was going for something else. What do you mean "doesn't contribute" ?

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by Crucible
Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:12 pm
 
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acid rain and carbon cycle?

well, H2CO3 doesn't contribute to acid rains, so it's kind of irrelevant ;) I was going for something else.

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by JackBean
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:19 pm
 
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