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Glossary

Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms

contaminate
To introduce a substance that would cause (a) the concentration of that substance in the around water to exceed the maximum contaminant levels; or (b) an increase in the concentration of that substance in the ground water where the existing concentration of that substance exceeds the maximum contaminant levels [22]. See also pollutant.