There’s no way around it, water can be a complex area to know. There’s lots of keywords and terms bandied about by experts, that even we find confusing on occasion! To this end, we will be bringing you the A-Z of water terms, bringing you the secret, technical, and quirky language connected to H20.
In the words of the great Julie Andrews, ‘Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start’, today, we’ll be covering the A words!
Accretion (Hydrology) The process of accumulation by flowing water
Adfluvial: (Natural science) Migrating between lakes and rivers or streams
Aedile: (History) Elected official of Ancient Rome who supervised the water supply
Aerate: (Chemical) To supply or charge a liquid or body of water with gas
Alluvial: (Hydrology) Process/materials association with transportation or deposition by running water
Alluvion: (Hydrology) The flow of water against a shore or bank
Altum Mare: (History) A term used in old English law referring to the high or deep sea
Anabranch: (Geology) A diverging branch of a river, which then re-enters the main stream
Aneroid: (Chemical) Not using liquid
Anhydrous: (Chemical) Without water
Aquaduct: (Construction) Pipe/channel that transports water from a remote source
Aquanaut: (Hydrology) A person trained to live in underwater installations
Aquifier: (Geology) Soil or rock that stores/ transmits water
Aquifuse: (Geology) Formation that can’t store/transmit water
Arroyo: (Geology) A water carved channel or gully in a dry country
Asperse: (Language) To sprinkle
Attenuation: (Hydrology) The diversion or slowing of the flow of water
There you have it, our A’s of water. Which is your favourite water A word? We’re loving ‘alluvion’!