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Old 12th January 2008   #1
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Default Seepage (in CC amphib glossary)

I'm reading the Petranka book (and learning loads). Can someone tell me exactly what is a "seepage"?
I did a google search and didn't come up with anything edifying. Also if someone could link to a picture that would be very helpful.
Are they wet all year long or seasonally? thanks.



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Old 12th January 2008   #2
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Far as I know, a "seepage" is a small natural body of water formed from water that has leeched through rock or soil. Sometimes you'll see them up against the outside of a cave wall or a cliff.



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A seepage is basically where groundwater is trickling/seeping out from the ground. Usually, a seepage is on the side of a hill, cliff, etc. and often in association with a spring or creekbed. The seepage itself is usually not big enough to ever be considered a small spring or creek, but has enough water flowing to be continually dripping or wet. In the southern USA, you'll often hear a seepage referred to as a "steephead".

They can be permanent or seasonal.



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Here's an example in a wooded valley. Water trickles out of the bank to form a small, shallow pool. You can't see them in the photo but there's plenty of salamandra larvae in there.
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This was such a good thread that I copied the relevant posts to the Glossary.



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