vadose water

vadose water
   1. That part of the underground water in a karst limestone which circulates freely under gravity above the level of saturation - the vadose zone. Caves formed by flowing water are said to be vadose caves [19].
   2. Water in the zone of aeration; water above the zone of saturation [10].

A Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology with Special Reference to Environmental Karst Hydrology. . 2002.

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  • vadose water — noun : groundwater suspended or in circulation above the water table …   Useful english dictionary

  • vadose zone — ▪ hydrology       region of aeration above the water table. This zone also includes the capillary fringe above the water table, the height of which will vary according to the grain size of the sediments. In coarse grained mediums the fringe may… …   Universalium

  • vadose — /vay dohs/, adj. Geol. found or located above the water table: vadose water; vadose zone. [1895 1900; < L vadosus shallow, equiv. to vad(um) a shoal, ford + osus OSE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • vadose — adjective Of or pertaining to water beneath the surface of the earth which is located above the level of the permanent groundwater. Research has shown bone apatite to undergo chemical exchange with carbonates in either vadose water or groundwater …   Wiktionary

  • vadose — va•dose [[t]ˈveɪ doʊs[/t]] adj. gel found or located above the water table: vadose water; vadose zone[/ex] • Etymology: 1895–1900; < L vadōsus shallow …   From formal English to slang

  • vadose — [vā′dōs΄] adj. [< L vadosus, shallow < vadum, shallow place, ford, akin to vadere, to go: for IE base see WADE] designating or of water that clings to solid matter in an unsaturated zone between the earth s surface and the water table …   English World dictionary

  • vadose flow —    Water flowing in free surface streams in caves [25] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • Vadose zone — [ capillary fringe, water table, and phreatic or saturated zone. (Source: United States Geological Survey.) ] The vadose zone, also termed the unsaturated zone, is the portion of Earth between the land surface and the phreatic zone or zone of… …   Wikipedia

  • vadose cave —    1. A cave that underwent most of its development above the water table. Within the vadose zone, drainage is freeflowing under gravity, and cave passages therefore have air above any water surface. The gravitational control of vadose flow means …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • Water content — Soil composition by phase: s soil (dry), v void (pores filled with water or air), w water, a air. V is volume, M is mass. Water content or moisture content is the quantity of water contained in a material, such as soil (called soil moisture),… …   Wikipedia