Paths of Water to the Atmosphere (image) University of Utah Share Print E-Mail Caption This view of Henry's Lake in Utah's Uinta Mountains shows several ways water on land reaches the atmosphere: It evaporates from lake waters, streams and soils and also is transpired or "exhaled" by trees and other plants. Such evaporation -- as well as from the ocean +- helps form clouds in the sky. In a new study in the journal Science, University of Utah researchers determined how much of the rain and snowmelt that falls on the land moves to the atmosphere from plant transpiration and evaporation from soil and surface waters. Credit Stephen Good/University of Utah Usage Restrictions Credit Stephen Good/University of Utah Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.