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
1. Synonym for dissolution, except that the product of the solution (or dissolution) process, is also termed a solution, this being a combination of liquid and non-liquid (solid or gaseous) components that exists as a liquid . 2. A homogeneous mixture of two or more components. In ideal solutions, the movement of molecules in charged species are independent of each other; in aqueous solutions charged species interact even at very low concentrations, decreasing the activity of the solutes . 4. The change of matter from a solid or gaseous state to a liquid state by combination with a liquid . 5. The result of such change; a liquid combination of a liquid and a nonliquid substance . See corrosion.