Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms
Based on "A Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology with Special to Environmental Karst Hydrology" EPA/600/R-02/003, 2002, EPA: Washington, DC., Speleogenesis Glossary includes 2699 cave & karst terms
diffuse circulation; diffuse flow
Circulation of ground water in karst aquifers (or other aquifers) under conditions in which all, or almost all, openings (primary and secondary) in the karstified rock intercommunicate and are full of water but have not been selectively enlarged in specific zones by dissolution, and so thus no concentration of ground water occurs in restricted conduits [9, 21]. The ground-water flow is generally slowmoving, may be laminar, and have a uniform discharge and slow response to storms. It is being replaced by the term, slow flow, because significant confusion regarding its usage especially when thought of as in terms of porous-media flow. Synonyms: (French.) circulation diffuse; (German.) Diffuse Grundwa.erbewegung; (Greek.) thiacheomenon ydhor; (Italian.) circolazione carsica diffusa; (Spanish.) circulacion saturada difusa; (Turkish.) yaygn dolasim; (Yugoslavian.) difuzno tecenje.