I never did find out from the book what precisely constitutes a ‘small dam’, but in the Glossary, several of the characteristics of a large dam are given, so I suppose that anything that doesn’t meet those criteria might be one, or in other words, ‘none of the above’. Indeed, based on its content the book should perhaps be entitled ‘Small Reservoirs’ rather than ‘Small Dams’.

The book is 191 pages long (there is an eBook version in PDF), and is largely qualitative, although quantitative data are given in tables. There are few formulae, and they are mainly concerned with...

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