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Floods

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Howard F. Matthai
Howard F. Matthai
836 Creek Drive, Menlo Park, California 94025
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Published:
January 01, 1990

Abstract

The term “floods” can have quite different connotations to hydrologists and to laymen. Hydrologists are primarily concerned with discharge, the volume per unit of time at a point, along a stream, or throughout a drainage basin or basins, usually on a yearly basis. However, in arid regions the “annual flood” in some years may be a very small discharge or even zero-certainly not a “flood” in the lay sense. Even on a perennial stream, the annual maximum discharge or “flood” during a drought year may be a flow that is exceeded on many days in a wet year.

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DNAG, Geology of North America

Surface Water Hydrology

M. G. Wolman
M. G. Wolman
Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland 21218
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H. C. Riggs
H. C. Riggs
U.S. Geological Survey 415 National Center Reston, Virginia 22092
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Geological Society of America
Volume
O-1
ISBN electronic:
9780813754666
Publication date:
January 01, 1990

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