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aquiclude

[ak-wi-klood] /ˈæk wɪˌklud/
noun
1.
any geological formation that absorbs and holds water but does not transmit it at a sufficient rate to supply springs, wells, etc.
Origin
aqui- + -clude < Latin clūdere, variant of claudere to close
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Examples for aquiclude
  • Permafrost acts as an aquiclude, restricting the movement and recharge of groundwater.
  • In a confined aquifer, the water is sandwiched between an upper and a lower layer of impermeable material called an aquiclude.
  • The sequence with depth contains dense clayey units that form an effective aquiclude.
aquiclude in Science
aquiclude
  (āk'wĭ-kld')   
An impermeable body of rock or stratum of sediment that acts as a barrier to the flow of groundwater.
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