interflow

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interflow

[′in·tər‚flō]
(hydrology)
The water, derived from precipitation, that infiltrates the soil surface and then moves laterally through the upper layers of soil above the water table until it reaches a stream channel or returns to the surface at some point downslope from its point of infiltration.
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Weakly developed and transitional massive bedding in the WGD does not necessarily refer to seasonal freeze--thaw cycles but may represent sediment-saturated low-viscosity interflows and surge currents (Miall 1990).