Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology

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Groundwater

  • Carlo Percopo
  • Maurizio Guerra
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12127-7_150-1

Definition

Subsurface waters can be divided into two categories (Fig. 1): (i) water in the unsaturated or vadose zone and (ii) water below the water table, occurring in the saturated or phreatic zone. The term “ groundwater ” traditionally refers to the latter.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of land and seaRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department Geological Survey of ItalyISPRA, Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and ResearchRomeItaly