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capillary zone


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The zone immediately above the water-table, into which water may be drawn upwards as a consequence of capillary action. A typical height for the capillary fringe in clay with a pore radius of 0.0005 mm might be 3 m, compared with less than 10 cm in a fine sand with a pore radius of 0.02 mm.

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