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date: 24 April 2019

artesian well (overflowing well) 

A Dictionary of Ecology

Michael Allaby

A well that flows at the surface without pumping, because it is sunk into a confined *aquifer with a hydraulic head (sometimes called the potentiometric or piezometric head) that lies above ground level. The aquifer is confined between two layers of impermeable rock or clay that are depressed, forming a basin. The water table lies below the ground surface at the top of the basin, but lower down the slope water draining downward by gravity is held under pressure. When a well is sunk into the aquifer water rises potentially to the level of the water table (see the diagram). ... ...

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