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From the perspective of hydrology, a distinction is made between a flood and an inundation. The former is defined as a “condition in a body of aboveground water in which the surface level or flow rate reaches or exceeds a certain value (threshold value)” [23. 15 f.]. The three key values for a flood are peak discharge, duration, and the water quantity flowing [13. 294–296]. A flood can break the banks of a river bed,…

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Rohr, Christian, “Inundation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029168>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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