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Glossary

Term Description
Fauna Animal life
Fetch Distance over which a wind acts to produce waves - also termed 'fetch length'.
Flandrian transgression Rise in sea levels resulting in marine flooding of coastal land during the last 10,000 years.
Flocculation The process by which suspended colloidal or very fine particles coalesce and agglomerate into well-defined hydrated floccules of sufficient size to settle more rapidly.
Flood current (flood) The movement of a tidal current toward the shore or up a tidal river or estuary.
Flora Plant life
Flushing time The time required to remove or reduce (to a permissible concentration) any dissolved or suspended contaminant in an estuary or harbour.
Fluvial Of rivers.
Foreshore Intertidal area below highest and above lowest tide level.
Freshwater Water that contains no salts and is therefore not saline.

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Last Modified on: 19 June 2011
Printed from the Estuary Guide on 26/08/2019 04:00:39