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Glossary

Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms

hydraulic head
The height above a datum plane (such as sea level) of the column of water that can be supported by the hydraulic pressure at a given-point in a ground-water system. For a well, the hydraulic head is equal. to the distance between the water level in the well and the datum plane [22].