Definitions for groundwater
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word groundwater
Water that exists beneath the earth's surface in underground streams and aquifers.
Groundwater is water located beneath the earth's surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations. A unit of rock or an unconsolidated deposit is called an aquifer when it can yield a usable quantity of water. The depth at which soil pore spaces or fractures and voids in rock become completely saturated with water is called the water table. Groundwater is recharged from, and eventually flows to, the surface naturally; natural discharge often occurs at springs and seeps, and can form oases or wetlands. Groundwater is also often withdrawn for agricultural, municipal and industrial use by constructing and operating extraction wells. The study of the distribution and movement of groundwater is hydrogeology, also called groundwater hydrology. Typically, groundwater is thought of as liquid water flowing through shallow aquifers, but technically it can also include soil moisture, permafrost, immobile water in very low permeability bedrock, and deep geothermal or oil formation water. Groundwater is hypothesized to provide lubrication that can possibly influence the movement of faults. It is likely that much of the Earth's subsurface contains some water, which may be mixed with other fluids in some instances. Groundwater may not be confined only to the Earth. The formation of some of the landforms observed on Mars may have been influenced by groundwater. There is also evidence that liquid water may also exist in the subsurface of Jupiter's moon Europa.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
BNSF said there's no apparent groundwater impact and air quality tests are good.
Only an estimated 5 percent of the overall national groundwater resource has been documented so far.
It's out of balance, the groundwater is not getting restocked as quickly as they’re taking it out to irrigate their land.
Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows - up to 100 feet (30 meters) lower than previous records.
Justice has not been done. If this mine goes ahead, it risks draining away the groundwater that our lives and businesses depend on.
Translations for groundwater
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- las aguas subterráneasSpanish
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