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06:22 Nov 7, 2007
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French to English translations [PRO]
Science - Geology
French term or phrase: griffon
"griffon de la source"
The griffon is the point where the water comes out of the ground.
Is there an equivalent english term?

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3 +2emergence pointxxxBourth
3 +2source/spring
3spring holeMelzie

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spring hole

Though I'm not sure if this is the scientific term, it is the one I've always used.

A pretty picture I found


Go down to F in this walk and you'll see a description of where I know the term from - ahh, childhood


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'River Source: This is where the river originates. It is usually on high ground and can be a place where runoff collects or where a spring surfaces.

and-from Dev on Wildlife Centre, wotksheet for schools:
Source: the area where the headwaters of a river rise - the spring that forms
the starting point of a stream.
Headwaters: the tributary streams of a river in the area in which it rises.

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agree  xxxBourth: As long as you simplify "griffon de la source" to this. In both E and F, I think, "source/spring" can be both the hole in the ground AND a certain distance of flowing water at the surface.
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agree  Gloria Cabalisti: A spring is a point where groundwater flows out of the ground, and is thus where the aquifer surface meets the ground surface.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_(hydrosphere)
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emergence point

Don't know a specific word other than this descriptive pair.

This debris should not be great enough to cause any noticeable change in conduit hydraulics or SPRING EMERGENCE POINT. The use of geotechnical borings to ...

reservoir situated below the EMERGENCE POINT OF THE. SPRING from the Mesozoic dolomite. With respect to gypsum and anhydrite minerals the ...

The Vaitarani River goes underground for a while and comes to be known as the Guptganga just before it springs to the surface again. The EMERGENCE POINT of the Guptganga resembles the flared nostrils of a cow, thereby enhancing the religious significance of the river and the town

unless the origin of the spring was much higher than its EMERGENCE POINT, for instance in Wadi el Biyar

Note added at 4 hrs (2007-11-07 11:09:38 GMT)

Trouble with "spring" alone is that it has so many closely related meanings.

spring I.1. The PLACE of rising or issuing from the ground; the source or head, of a well, stream, or river; the SUPPLY of water forming such a source. Now rare. 2. A FLOW of water rising or issuing naturally out of the earth ...

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agree  Catherine CHAUVIN: Je crois que tu es le plus "accurate" avec l'expression. La source vient de plus loin, dans les entrailles de la terre. On parle ici de griffon. Pas besoin de parler de source, dans ce cas.
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agree  Cervin: Yes, I think this is more specific than my answer
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