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7956. Flood wave : 1 - A rise in stream flow to a crest consequent to runoff, generated by precipitation, and its subsequent recession constitute a flood wave. 2 - A flood wave may also be regarded as a temporary imbalance in river regime resulting from the application of more water to the land in the form of precipitation or by the melting of snow than can be absorbed by the land itself. The regime during the resulting unsteady flow is determined, in large part, by complex local transfers of energy and of volume. 3 - A long wave travelling down the river.

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