Surface water is essentially the water we find in rivers, lakes, oceans, and other bodies of water. It is made up of water collected on the ground and is likewise replenished through precipitation. Land surface water is the largest source of fresh water.
Surface water is just that. It is a term encompassing all the fresh waters on the surface of the earth, exposed to the atmosphere, not underground (groundwater). “Surface waters” include lakes, stream, ponds, rivers, puddles, etc. Most use the term “surface water” to specify only FRESH water, not oceans.
The “surface water” of the oceans is that portion exposed to sunlight and affected by wind.
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