oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Water potentialities of mountain catchments with particular reference to South Africa

Volume 8, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Major forces are at work in the world compelling humanity to look to the mountain areas for the development of water supplies for domestic, irrigation, industrial, hydro-electric and other purposes. This trend is manifesting itself in South Africa as well. In developing these supplies the engineer is beset with many difficulties not least amongst which is the extreme paucity of rainfall and hydrographic information. While strongly advocating extension of rain and stream gaugings to these areas the Author indicates a possible approach to meet the present deficiencies by returning to the hydrophysical or rainfall loss method advocated by Meyer in 1915.

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