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Last updated: July 30, 2018

What Does Waterlogging Mean?

Waterlogging is a form of natural flooding when underground water rises to surface level as the result of over-irrigation.

Waterlogging can displace the spoil, affect the natural processes in the soil, and result in a build-up of toxic substances in the soil, which can impede plant growth in the immediate area.

Safeopedia Explains Waterlogging

Over-irrigation that causes waterlogging in an area alters that area's hydrological conditions and affects both the social and natural conditions in river basins and areas downstream from the source. This results in increased evaporation of water in the area and, thus, increased rainfall or rainfall in different areas as the water cycle has been altered. The study of irrigation is important when precipitation and the environment in the immediate area are concerned.


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