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Losing stream

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Losing stream

A losing stream, or influent stream, is a stream or river that loses water as it flows downstream. The water infiltrates into the ground recharging the local groundwater, because the water table is below the bottom of the stream channel. This is the opposite of a more common gaining stream (or effluent stream) which increases in water volume farther down stream as it gains water from the local aquifer.

Losing streams are common in arid areas.[1] Losing streams are also common in regions of karst topography where the streamwater may be completely captured by an underground cavern system, becoming a subterranean river.


Map of the lost streams of Idaho

Examples of losing streams include:

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Amazing Tales from Indiana By Fred D. Cavinder, 1990, Pg 4
  3. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT state geographic information system
  • Tom Aley, Karst Groundwater, Missouri Conservationist Online, Mar. 2000 – Vol. 61 No. 3
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