Definition of phreatic in English:
1Relating to or denoting underground water in the zone of saturation (beneath the water table). Compare with vadose.
- For example, they may occur in the continental realm above the water table - the vadose zone; or in the permanently shallow saturated zone - the phreatic zone, in either freshwater or marine conditions.
- Conversely, grainstone fabrics of the upper sequences show the development of bladed and equant calcite cement around oolites, indicative of a primary cementation in a freshwater phreatic environment.
- In 1990 John Cordingley found that the sump had disappeared and that the passage continued along a tube to a step up into a small phreatic rift.
1.1(Of a volcanic eruption) caused by the heating and expansion of groundwater.
- This type of eruption, called a phreatic eruption, is characterized by a volcanic crater that goes beneath the level of the surrounding landscape and is encircled by a wide, low ring of volcanic debris.
- This eruption began in July 1995 with phreatic explosions following 3 years of precursory seismic activity.
- The characteristic tuffs of the Balder Formation originate from phreatic eruptions from the incipient continental rift zone between Eurasia and Greenland to the west.
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