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.
We got off to ‘A’ phenomenal start last week with the ‘A’s of water (see what we did there?!). This week it’s time to switch to plan B, so we can C how to talk water (we have so many alphabet puns to get through here).
Baseflow: (Geology) Streamflow coming from ground water seepage into a stream
Bathe: (Language) Wash with water
Bathometer: (Geology) An instrument used to measure the depth of water
Bathymetry: (Geology) The measurement of large bodies of water
Bedew: (Language) To wet with
Benthic : (Oceanography) The bottom of lakes or oceans
Benthos: (Biology) All plants/animals living on or associated with the bottom of a body of water
Besprinkle: (Language) Sprinkle all over with small drops
Bifurcate: (Geology) Dividing structure which splits the flow of water
Billabong: (Geology) A dead end channel extending from the main stream of a river
Billow: (Language) A large wave or swell of water
Blear: (Language) To dim with water or tears
Brackish: (Food) Having a salty taste
Calf: (Geology) A large floating chunk of ice
Canal: (Geography) Waterway
Conduit: (Geography) A channel for conveying water
Confluence: (Language) The act of flowing together
Contrail: (Language) A visible trail of streaks of condensed water
We hope you’ve enjoyed your besprinkling of water language this week. Which is your favourite water word? Let us know in the comments.