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vadose

[vey-dohs] /ˈveɪ doʊs/
adjective, Geology
1.
found or located above the water table:
vadose water; vadose zone.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Latin vadōsus shallow, equivalent to vad(um) a shoal, ford + -ōsus -ose1
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Examples from the web for vadose
  • The vadose zone is critical because it is the only armor the water table has to protect it from contaminants on the surface.
  • Although fission molybdenum isotopes have been identified in vadose zone samples, in the groundwater natural molybdenum dominates.
  • Residence time in the vadose zone is controlled by the infiltration rate, vadose zone sediment thickness, and sorption.
  • Therefore, adequate evaluation of future ground water contamination risk will often require sampling vadose zone soils.
British Dictionary definitions for vadose

vadose

/ˈveɪdəʊs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, designating, or derived from water occurring above the water table: vadose water, vadose deposits
Word Origin
C19: from Latin vadōsus full of shallows, from vadum a ford
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