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Clarity: 1. In diving, referring to visibility within the water, water clarity (FCTCKS 2004). 2. The state or quality of being clear, lucidity (American Heritage Dictionary 1985: 278). class: The third rank in the taxonomic system (kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species). claustrophobia: The fear of tight or small places that can lead to panic in the victim (FCTCKS 2005). claustrophobic: Suffering from claustrophobia (FCTCKS 2004). 00015 inch) (Bates and Jackson 1984). clay mineral: One of a complex and loosely defined group of finely crystalline, metacolloidal, or amorphous hydrous silicates, essentially of aluminum (and sometimes of magnesium and iron), and possessing a sheetlike structure (Bates and Jackson 1987).
Bare karst: See exposed karst. “barf”: A term used (shouted) when a ridge-walking Florida caver either wants Glossary / 19 to know where the other cavers in the group are located, or to announce to the other cavers that he or she has found a cave (FCTCKS 2004). barotrauma: Physical damage to the body as a direct result of pressure change (Heine 1995: 277). Cf. squeeze. basalt: A dark-colored igneous rock, commonly volcanic, composed primarily of calcic plagioclase and pyroxene (Bates and Jackson 1984).
Biodiversity: See biological diversity. biogenic: Created or produced by living organisms; having a biological origin (FCTCKS 2005). biogeochemistry: The study of the transformation and movement of biological, geological, and chemical materials to and from the lithosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the bodies of living organisms (Wyman and Stevenson 2001). biological accumulation: See bioaccumulation. biological assessment (bioassessment): Evaluation of the biological condition of a body of water using biological surveys and other direct measurements of resident biota in surface waters (US EPA 2005a).