F. X. Browne, Inc. Glossary - M
|Hectometer||100||328 feet 1 inch|
Hectare 10,000 2.471 acres Are 100 119.6 square yards Centiare 1 1,550 square inches
Liters Cubic Measure United States
Kiloliter 1,000 1 cubic meter 1.308 cubic yard 1.308 cubic yard Hectoliter 100 0.1 cubic meter 2.838 bu./26.418 gal 2.75 bu./22.00 gal Decaliter 10 10 cubic dm 1.135 pk./2.6418 gal 8.80 qt./2.200 gal Liter 1 1 cubic dm 0.9081 qt./1.0567 liq qt 0.880 quarts Deciliter 0.1 0.1 cubic dm 6.1025 cu. in./0.845 gill 0.704 gill. Centiliter 0.01 10 cubic cm 0.6102 cu. in./0.338 fl. oz. 0.352 fl. oz. Milliliter 0.001 1 cubic cm 0.061 cu. in./0.27 fl. dram 0.28 fl. dram.
Volume Table Notes:
dm = decimeter = 1/10 meter
cm = centimeter = 1/100 meter
bu = bushel = 4 pecks = 32 quarts
pk = peck = 1/4 bushel = 8 quarts
qt = quart = 2 pints = 1/4 gallons
liq qt = liquid quart = 1.1635 (dry) quarts
gill = 1/4 pint
fl dram = fluid dram = 1/16 ounce = 27.34375 grains = 1.772 grams
Weight Metric Ton 1,000,000 1 Cubic Meter 2204.6 lb Quintal 100,000 1 hectoliter 220.46 lb. Myriagram 10,000 1 decaliter 22.046 lb. Kilogram 1,000 1 liter 2.2046 lb. Hectogram 100 1 deciliter 3.5274 oz. Decagram 10 10 cubic centimeters 0.3527 oz Gram 1 1 cubic centimeter 15.432 grains Decigram 0.1 0.1 cubic centimeter 1.5432 grains Centigram 0.01 10 cubic millimeters 0.1543 grains Milligram 0.001 1 cubic millimeter 0.0154 grains
MGD—Million gallons per day. Used in many applications of water and wastewater treatment processes.
MICROBE—Short for Microorganism. Small organisms that can be seen only with the aid of a microscope. The term encompasses viruses, bacteria, yeast, molds, protozoa, and small algae; however, microbe is used most frequently to refer to bacteria. Microbes are important in the degradation and decomposition of organic materials added to the environment by natural and artificial mechanisms. Also referred to as Germs.
MICROBIAL GROWTH—The activity and growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, algae, diatoms, plankton, and fungi.
MICROBIAL LOAD—The total number of bacteria and fungi in a given quantity of water or soil or on the surface of food. The presence of the bacteria and fungi may not be related to the presence of disease-causing organisms.
MICROBIOLOGICAL ANAEROBIC DEGRADATION—The use of Microbes, either already present at a site or introduced for a specific treatment process, to degrade and render harmless hazardous wastes and toxic compounds in soil and water. Under such conditions, the microbes are used to break down organic compounds in contaminated soil and groundwater in an environment of little or no oxygen. Also see Attenuation and Natural Attenuation.
MICROBIOLOGICAL TUBERCULATION—(Water Quality) A condition in older water distribution pipes characterized by reddish brown mounds of various heights attached to the interior of the pipe wall. These mounds are the result of many years of iron and manganese bacterial growth that deposit iron and/or manganese oxides along with particulate matter from the water trapped in the biomass from generations of bacteria. An aging distribution system experiencing this problem is typically characterized by red water, taste and odor problems, turbidity, reduced pressure and flow rates, and a low chlorine residual. Iron bacteria are very common in all water sources with over twenty different iron bacteria that can cause tuberculation. They are generally considered to be non-pathogenic. Tuberculation usually begins with a slime that may show signs of iron oxide precipitation. The iron bacteria, which attach themselves to the interior surface of the pipe, metabolize ferrous ions from the water as an energy source, precipitating ferrous oxide which becomes trapped in the biomass of the tuberculation. In the past, tuberculation usually resulted in replacement of the water distribution pipe; however, more recently, chemical treatments of isolated sections of pipeline have proven both highly effective and less costly. Also referred to as Tuberculation.
MICROBIOLOGY—The study of organisms that can be seen only with the aid of a microscope. The science deals with the structure and chemical composition of various Microbes, the biochemical changes within the environment that are caused by members of this group, the diseases caused by microbes, and the reaction of animals, including humans, to their presence.
MICROBIOTA—The plants, animals, and microorganisms that can only be seen with the aid of a microscope.
MICROCLIMATE—The local climate conditions, brought about by the modification of general climatic conditions by local differences in elevation and exposure. The detailed climate of a very small area of the earth's surface. Also, the localized climate conditions within an urban area or neighborhood.
MICROCOSM—A laboratory model of a natural Ecosystem in which certain environmental variables can be manipulated to observe the response. The model test results are not always applicable to an actual ecosystem because the microcosm is, of necessity, a simplified collection of selected physical, chemical, and biological ecosystem components.
MICROFAUNA—Animals invisible to the naked eye, such as copepods and mites.
MICROFILTRATION—(Water Quality) Similar to Reverse Osmosis, the microfiltration process utilizes filtering membranes with larger-sized pores to remove suspended particles from water. This water filtration technique provides an economical and practical treatment process for smaller-sized water systems. Unlike other treatment processes, microfiltration relies on mechanical retention instead of chemical treatment and so long as the pore size of the membranes is smaller than the contaminant to be filtered, the constituent will not pass through.
MICROFLORA—Plants invisible to the naked eye, such as diatoms and algae.
MICROGRAMS PER LITER (g/l)—One one-thousandth of a Milligram per Liter (mg/l). This measure is equivalent to Parts Per Billion (PPB).
MICRON (µ)—A unit of length equivalent to a micro-meter (µm), or one-millionth of a meter (10-6 meter). Micro-meter is the preferred term.
MICRONUTRIENT—A chemical element required only in small amounts (usually less than one part per million [ppm] in the plant) for the growth of plants.
MICROSCOPIC PARTICULATE ANALYSIS (MPA)—(Water Quality) A process used to assess water treatment plant performance. This form of analysis compares type, size, and quantities of Bioindicators, or microbiota (1-600 m) in particles found in Raw Water to those found in the Finished Water. This method is particularly effective in evaluating filtration efficiencies, as log reduction, of conventional treatment systems, as well as for on-site evaluation of alternate filtration technologies.
MICROSYSTEM IRRIGATION—Method of precisely applying irrigation water to the immediate root zone of the target plant at very low rates.
MICROWAVE OVEN—An oven in which food is cooked by the heat produced by the absorption of microwave energy by water molecules in the food.
MID-SERAL CONDITION—Synonymous with fair ecological conditions.
MIDSTREAM—The middle part of a stream.
MIGRATION—The movement of oil, gas, contaminants, water, or other liquids through porous and permeable rock.
MILLDAM—A dam constructed across a stream to raise the water level so that the overflow will have sufficient power to turn a mill wheel.
MILLIEQUIVALENTS PER LITER (MEQ/L)—An expression of the concentration of a material dissolved in water, calculated by dividing the concentration, in milligrams per liter, by the Equivalent Weight of the dissolved material. For example, the equivalent weight of aluminum is 9.0. A water concentration of aluminum of 1.8 milligrams per liter equals an aluminum concentration of 0.2 milliequivalent per liter.
MILLIGRAM (MG)—One-thousandth of a gram.
MILLIGRAMS PER LITER (mg/l)—A unit of the concentration of a constituent in water or wastewater. It represents 0.001 gram of a constituent in 1.000 milliliter (ml) of water. It is approximately equal to one part per million (PPM). The term has replaced parts per million in water quality management.
MILLION GALLONS PER DAY (MGD)—A rate of flow of water equal to 133,680.56 cubic feet (cf) per day, or 1.5472 cubic feet per second (cfs), or 3.0689 acre-feet per day. A flow of one million gallons per day (mgd) for one year equals 1,120 acre-feet (365 million gallons).
MILLIPORE FILTER—A thin membrane of modified cellulose that is used as a filter in the bacteriological examination of water or wastewater. The filter is typically used to filter a given quantity of aqueous sample followed by transfer of the filter to the surface of a special medium to allow for the growth of the bacteria that have been retained by the filter. At one time the only commercial source of these filters was the Millipore Corporation, although presently a variety of sources are now available. Even so, the common name Millipore filter has been retained.
MILLPOND—A pond created by damming a stream to produce a head of water for operating a mill.
MILLRACE—(1) The fast-moving stream of water that drives a mill wheel. (2) The channel for the water that drives a mill wheel. Also referred to as Millrun.
MILLSTREAM—The rapid stream of water flowing in a Millrace.
MILL WHEEL—A wheel, typically driven by water, that powers a mill.
MINE DRAINAGE—Water pumped or flowing from a mine.
MINERAL—Any naturally occurring inorganic material with an orderly internal arrangement of atoms and specific physical and chemical properties.
MINERALIZATION—(1) The general process by which elements present in organic compounds are eventually converted into inorganic forms, ultimately to become available for a new cycle of plant growth. (2) The process whereby concentrations of minerals, such as salts, increase in water, often as a natural process resulting from water dissolving minerals found in rocks and soils through which it flows.
MINERAL RESOURCE—Known mineral deposits of an area which have present or future utility.
MINERAL SOIL—Soil composed of predominantly mineral rather than organic materials.
MINERAL WATER—Naturally occurring or prepared water that contains dissolved mineral salts, elements, or gases, often used therapeutically. Also see Bottled Water [General], Bottled Water [Food and Drug Administration], and Bottled Water [Nevada].
MINER'S INCH [Western United States]—The rate of discharge through an orifice one inch square under a specific head. An old term used in the western United States, now seldom used except where irrigation or mining water rights are so specified. The equivalent flow in cubic feet per second is fixed by state statute. One miner's inch is equivalent to 0.025 cubic foot per second in Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon; 0.020 cubic foot per second in Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, and Utah; 0.026 cubic foot per second in Colorado; and 0.028 cubic foot per second in British Columbia.
MINER'S INCH [Nevada]—Defined as a rate of flow or discharge equivalent to 1/40 of 1 (0.025) cubic foot per second (cfs).
MINE WASH—Water-deposited accumulation of sandy, silty, or clayey material recently eroded in mining operations.
MINIM—A unit of fluid measure, in the United States equal to 1/60 of a fluid dram (0.0616 milliliters, or 0.00208 fluid ounces), and in Great Britain equal to 1/20 of a scruple (0.0592 milliliters or 0.00200 fluid ounces).
MINIMAL FLOOD HAZARD AREAS—Areas between the 100-year and the 500-year flood boundaries are termed Moderate Flood Hazard Areas. The remaining areas are above the 500-year flood level and are termed Minimal Flood Hazard Areas.
MINIMUM FLOW APPROPRIATION—An appropriation designed to preserve a specified minimum flow in a stream. When the flow in the stream drops to that which is specified in the appropriation, junior appropriations will be required to stop diverting water in order to maintain the minimum flow. See (Prior) Appropriation Doctrine.
MINIMUM MOISTURE CONTENT—The amount of water in soil during the driest time of the year.
MINIMUM POOL—A term used to describe the lowest level of reservoir capacity safe for maintaining fish and aquatic life or for some other designated beneficial purpose. This term differs from Dead Storage Capacity in that the reservoir level may still be reduced below minimum pool, whereas the dead storage capacity represents a level below the lowest outlet level.
MINIMUM STREAMFLOW—The specific amount of water reserved to support aquatic life, to minimize pollution, or for recreation. It is subject to the priority system and does not affect water rights established prior to its institution.
MINIMUM THERMOMETER—An instrument with an index which remains at the lowest temperature occurring since its last setting.
MINIMUM TILLAGE FARMING—A farming technique that reduces the degree of soil disruption. Crop residues are not plowed under after harvest, and special planters dig narrow furrows in the crop residue when new seeds are sown. Advantages of the technique include reductions in energy consumption by farm equipment, less soil erosion, and lower soil moisture losses during the fallow season. Disadvantages include the possibility of encouraging insect pests by leaving the crop residue in the field and the use of herbicides to control weeds in the place of mechanical cultivation. Sometimes incorrectly termed No-Till Farming.
MINING (of an Aquifer)—Withdrawal over a period of time of ground water that exceeds the rate of recharge of the aquifer.
MINING WATER USE—Water use for the extraction of minerals occurring naturally including solids, such as coal and ores; liquids, such as crude petroleum; and gases, such as natural gas. Also includes uses associated with quarrying, well operations (Dewatering), milling (crushing, screening, washing, flotation, and so forth), and other preparations customarily done at the mine site or as part of a mining activity, such as dust control, maintenance, and wetland restoration. Generally, most of the water used at a mining operation is self-supplied. Also see Self-Supplied Water.
MINOR FLOODING—Flooding resulting in minimal or no property damage but some public inconvenience. Also referred to as Nuisance Flooding. Also see Major Flooding and Moderate Flooding.
MINORS—Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) with flows of less than 1 million gallons per day. Contrast with Majors.
MIRAGE—An optical phenomenon that creates the illusion of water, often with inverted reflections of distant objects, and results from distortion of light by alternate layers of hot and cool air. Also referred to as Fata Morgana.
MIRE—(1) An area of wet, soggy, muddy ground; a bog. (2) Deep, slimy soil or mud.
MISCIBLE (Liquids)—Liquids which are soluble in each other.
MISCIBLE DISPLACEMENT—Mutual mixing and movement of two fluids that are soluble in each other. Synonymous with Miscible-Phase Displacement.
MISMATCH—A condition in which water supplied to a given point in a conveyance or distribution system does not equal the demand for water at that point.
MISSED DETECTION—(Water Quality) The situation that occurs when a test indicates that a tank is "tight" when in fact it is leaking.
MIST—(1) A mass of fine droplets of water in the atmosphere near or in contact with the earth; liquid particles measuring 40 to 500 microns, formed by condensation of vapor. By comparison, fog particles are smaller than 40 microns. (2) Water vapor condensed on and clouding the appearance of a surface.
MITIGATION—(1) (Environmental, General) Actions designed to lessen or reduce adverse impacts; frequently used in the context of environmental assessment. (2) (NEPA) Action taken to avoid, reduce the severity of, or eliminate an adverse impact. Mitigation can include one or more of the following:
 avoiding impacts;
 minimizing impacts by limiting the degree or magnitude of an action;
 rectifying impacts by restoring, rehabilitating, or repairing the affected environment;
 reducing or eliminating impacts over time; and
 compensating for the impact by replacing or providing substitute resources or environments to offset the loss.
MIXED LIQUOR—(Water Quality) In wastewater treatment, the liquid in the aeration tank of an activated sludge system; a mixture of activated sludge and water containing organic matter undergoing activated sludge treatment in an aeration tank.
MIXED LIQUOR SUSPENDED SOLIDS (MLSS)—The quantity of suspended solids in the aeration tank of an activated sludge. Reported in units of milligrams per liter (mg/l).
MIXED LIQUOR VOLATILE SUSPENDED SOLIDS (MLVSS)—That portion of Mixed Liquor Suspended Solids (MLSS) that will vaporize when heated to 600°C (1,112°F). This volatile fraction is mainly organic material and thus indicates the biomass present in the aeration tank. The material that does not vaporize in this test, mostly inorganic substances, is said to be fixed.
MIXED MEDIA FILTRATION—A system using two or more dissimilar granular materials (such as anthracite, sand and garnet) blended by size and density. Such a filter is graded from coarse to fine in the direction of flow.
MIXOHALINE—Term to characterize water with salinity of 0.5 to 30 0/00 (parts per thousand), due to ocean salts. The term is roughly equivalent to the term brackish.
MIXOSALINE—Term to characterize water with salinity of 0.5 to 30 0/00 (parts per thousand), due to land-derived salts.
MIXOLIMNION—The uppermost region in a Meromictic Lake.
MIZZLE—To rain in fine, mist-like droplets; to drizzle. Also, a mist-like rain, a drizzle.
MOAPA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (NWR) [Nevada]—One of the nine National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) located in the State of Nevada, the Moapa NWR was established in 1979 in order to protect and secure habitat for the Endangered Moapa dace and a candidate for listing, the White River springfish. The refuge contains 32 acres (0.05 square mile) and is located just north of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, 5 miles northwest of Moapa, Nevada, located in Clark County. Also see National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) System and National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) [Nevada].
MOAT—A deep, wide ditch, usually filled with water, typically surrounding a fortified medieval town, fortress, or castle as a protection against assault.
MODE—(Statistics) In a set of observations, the most frequently occurring value. Also see Mean and Median.
MODEL—(Statistics) A simulation, by descriptive, conceptual, statistical, or other means, of a process or thing that is difficult or impossible to observe directly, as in an Economic Consumption Model or a River Flow Model. A descriptive or conceptual model is one which represents the structure or mechanisms of a model but does not specify the relationships in numerical form. The concept of a (simulation) quantitative model is to approximate reality by means of a quantifiable process such as a mathematical equation or series of equations. In this way the model may be used to simulate various changes in conditions in a "what if" or predictive framework. The fundamental premise of model building is that within some defined bounds of statistical probability a model may be constructed based upon the past behavior of some numeric quantity or variable, or a set of such variables, so as to be able to predict the future behavior of that variable. The actual structure of the model represents the underlying set of assumptions about a phenomenon based on the model builder's view of reality, theoretical underpinnings, proven or probable causal relationships, and deductions and inferences from past observations and experience. To be manageable and useful as a predictive tool, the model must sufficiently simplify the complexities of reality so as to lend itself to some quantifiable structure. However, this simplifying process must not be so extensive as to weaken the model's validity and negate its usefulness as an explanatory and predictive tool.
(ECONOMETRIC) MODEL BUILDING—(Statistics) An iterative process for developing a model beginning with some information about the form and structure of the problem and with relevant data. The model building process typically follows a sequence of inter-related steps to include:
 Problem Identification and Data Selection—Data is selected, compilation, screened, and analyzed, and the various series tested based on hypotheses of probable causation;
 Model Identification (or Specification)—Selection of a general model structure is made based on the nature of the data and the types of outputs desired. Some of these include, for example, a simple single mathematical equation, or multiple (sequential) equations, statistically-based univariate (deterministic) autoregressive functions, multivariate analysis, simple ordinary least squares (OLS) regression, multiple regression, simultaneous equation, etc.;
 Estimation (Model Fitting)—Based on the selection of a model structure, the data is used to best describe the behavior of the variable under observation, e.g., stream flows, reservoir levels, runoff, economic output, employment, consumer spending, etc.;
 Model Testing (and Refinement, as Necessary)—The model's structure and variables chosen are then validated by applying the data and observing forecast errors with respect to know (sample) values;
 Forecasting—Based upon the ability of the model to accurately "fit" or predict historical values, the model is used to forecast beyond the last data point as prescribed by scenarios under analysis.
MODEL PLANT—A hypothetical plant design used for developing economic, environmental, and energy impact analyses as support for regulations or regulatory guidelines; the first step in exploring the economic impact of potential New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).
MODERATE FLOOD HAZARD AREAS—Areas between the 100-year and the 500-year flood boundaries are termed Moderate Flood Hazard Areas. The remaining areas are above the 500-year flood level and are termed Minimal Flood Hazard Areas.
MODERATE FLOODING—Flood conditions characterized by the inundation of secondary roads, transfer of property to higher elevations, and some evacuations of people and livestock. Also see Major Flooding and Minor Flooding.
MODERATOR—(Physics) A substance, such as water or graphite, that is used in a nuclear reactor to regulate the speed of fast neutrons and alter the likelihood of fission.
MOISTURE—(1) Diffuse wetness that can be felt as vapor in the atmosphere or condensed liquid on the surface of objects; dampness. (2) The state or quality of being damp.
MOISTURE EQUIVALENT—The ratio of: (1) the weight of water which the soil, after saturation, will retain against a centrifugal force 1,000 times the force of gravity, to (2) the weight of the soil when dry. The ratio is stated as a percentage.
MOISTURE STRESS—A condition of physiological stress in a plant caused by a lack of water.
MOISTURE TENSION—The equivalent negative pressure in the soil water. It is equal to the equivalent pressure that must be applied to the soil water to bring it to hydraulic equilibrium, through a porous permeable wall or membrane, with a pool of water of the same composition.
MOLAR—A solution containing the indicated number of Moles of solute per liter of solution.
MOLE—(Chemistry) The mass of a compound in grams numerically equal to its molecular weight. Also, the mass of a compound containing Avogadro's number of molecules.
MOLECULAR DIFFUSION—The process in which solutes are transported at the microscopic level due to variations in the solute concentrations within the fluid phases. Also see the Coefficient of Molecular Diffusion.
MOLECULAR WEIGHT—The sum of the atomic weights of the atoms in a molecule. For example, the molecular weight of water (H2O) is 18, the sum of the atomic weights of two hydrogen atoms (1+1=2) and oxygen (16).
MOLECULE—A group of atoms held together by chemical bonds. They may be either atoms of a single element (O2) or atoms of different elements that form a compound (H2O). The smallest amount of a compound which has all the properties of the compound.
MONIMOLIMNION—The lower region in a Meromictic Lake.
MONITOR—An articulated device holding a rotating nozzle with which a jet of water is regulated, used in mining and fire fighting.
MONITORING—Sampling and analysis of air, water, soil, wildlife, and other conditions, to determine the concentrations of contaminants.
MONITORING WELL—(1) A well used to obtain water quality samples or measure groundwater levels. (2) (Water Quality) A well drilled in close proximity to a waste storage or disposal facility, or hazardous waste management facility or Superfund Site to check the integrity of the facility or to keep track of leakage of materials into the adjacent groundwater.
MONOMICTIC—Lakes or reservoirs which are relatively deep, do not freeze over during the winter, and undergo a single stratification and mixing cycle during the year (usually in the fall).
MONOHYDRATE—A compound, such as calcium chloride monohydrate, CaCl2 · H2O, that contains one molecule of water.
MONSOON—(1) A wind system that influences large climatic regions and reverses direction seasonally. (2) A wind from the southwest or south that brings heavy rainfall to southern Asia in the summer; the rain that accompanies this wind.
MONTANE—A forest Ecosystem or Biome in mountainous areas of the tropics. The montane forest has far fewer plant species than does the Tropical Rain Forest, which is found at lower elevations below the mountains.
MONTANE ALKALI LAKES—Lakes with a water pH greater than 7 found in cool, upland habitats below the timber line.
MONTANE FRESHWATER LAKES—Circumneutral lakes found in cool, upland habitats below the timer line.
MONTE CARLO METHOD—(Statistics) A method that produces a statistical estimate of a quantity by taking many random samples from an assumed probability distribution, such as a normal distribution. The method is typically used when experimentation is infeasible or when the actual input values are difficult or impossible to obtain.
MOOR—An extensive area of waste ground in high, poorly drained country, overlaid with peat, and usually more or less wet. In popular usage, the word is restricted to the European moors, in which heather is often the prevailing plant, but similar phytogeographical areas occur elsewhere. Sphagnum moss is always characteristic of high moors, and especially in North America various insectivorous (insect feeding) plants flourish in them.
MORAINE—An accumulation of boulders, stones, or other debris carried and deposited by a glacier. Moraines, which can be subdivided into many different types, are deposits of Glacial Till. Lateral Moraines are the ridges of till that mark the sides of the glacier's path. Terminal Moraines are the material left behind by the farthest advance of the glacier's toe. Each different period of glaciation leaves behind its own moraines. Also see Recessional Moraine.
MOST PROBABLE NUMBER (MPN)—(Water Quality) A statistically determined number which represents the number of bacteria most likely present in a sample, based on test data. Widely used in the evaluation of waters from a bacterial standpoint.
MOUND SYSTEM—A septic tank effluent disposal system in which a mound of soil is built up and effluent distributed in the mound abut 3.3 feet (1 meter) above the normal soil surface.
MOULIN—A nearly vertical shaft or cavity worn in a glacier by surface or rock debris falling through a crack in the ice.
MOUTH OF STREAM—The point of discharge of a stream into another stream, a lake, or the sea.
MOUTONNÉE (also Moutonnéed)—(Geology) Rounded by glacial action into a shape resembling a sheep's back. Used of a rock formation.
MOVABLE BED—A stream bed made up of materials readily transportable by the streamflow.
MOVING AVERAGE PROCESS—(Statistics) As a simple mathematical process, the moving average process is merely a moving, fixed-interval average of a Time Series of data used to smooth fluctuations and distortions in the data and provide a more meaningful representation of underlying trends and cycles. As applied to econometric model development, a moving average process is one whereby future data values are expressed as a linear combination of past errors.
MUCK—(1) A moist, sticky mixture, especially of mud and filth. (2) Highly decomposed organic material in which the original plant parts are not recognizable. Muck contains more mineral matter and is usually darker than Peat. (3) Earth, rocks, or clay excavated in mining.
MUD—(1) A slimy sticky mixture of solid material with a liquid and especially water; especially soft wet earth. (2) Also, wet soft earth composed predominantly of clay and silt—fine mineral sediments less than 0.074 mm (0.0029 inch) in diameter.
MUD BALLS—(Water Quality) Accretions of siliceous incrustations on the exterior of sand grains in a rapid sand filter; typically removed by backwashing. Such deposits interfere with effective filtration.
MUDDLE—To make turbid or muddy.
MUDFLAT—Low-lying muddy land that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide; A level tract lying at little depth below the surface of water or alternately covered and left bare by the tide.
MUDFLOW—Flow of a well-mixed mass of rock, earth, and water that behaves like a fluid and flows down slopes with a consistency similar to that of newly mixed concrete.
MUDSLIDE—A condition where there is a river, flow or inundation of liquid mud down a hillside usually as a result of a dual condition of loss of brush cover, and the subsequent accumulation of water on the ground preceded by a period of unusually heavy or sustained rain. A mudslide may occur as a distinct phenomenon while a landslide is in progress.
MUDSLIDE PRONE AREA—An area with land surfaces and slopes of unconsolidated material where the history, geology, and climate indicate a potential for mudflows.
MULCH—A natural or artificial protective layer of suitable materials, usually of organic matter such as leaves, straw, or peat, placed around plants that aid in soil stabilization, soil moisture conservation, prevention of freezing, and control of weeds, thus providing micro-climatic conditions suitable for germination and growth of selected vegetation.
MULCHING—The use of plant residues or other suitable materials on the soil surface, primarily to reduce evaporation of water and erosion of soil.
MULTI-CROPPING—The practice of producing two or more crops consecutively on the same parcel of land during a 12-month period. Also referred to as Double Cropping.
MULTIPLE-PURPOSE RESERVOIR—A reservoir planned and constructed to provide water for more than one purpose, e.g., irrigation, recreation, and flood control. Also referred to as MultiPurpose Project.
MULTIPLE REGRESSION (MODEL)—(Statistics) A Regression Model structure characterized by more than one Explanatory, or Exogenous Variable, of the form
Yt = a + ßX1t + ð X2t + et
where t represents the time periods of observation (where t=1, 2, ..., n), Yt represents the dependent (Endogenous) variable in time period t, a (alpha) represents the model equation's constant term (without a time reference), ß (beta, also a constant term without a time reference) represents the coefficient of the first independent variable, X1t represents the first independent variable in time period t, ð (delta, a constant term without a time reference) represents the coefficient of the second independent variable, X2t represents the second independent variable in time period t, and the error term, et (epsilon), represents the value of the unexplained disturbance term.
MULTIPLE USE—Harmonious and coordinated management of the various surface and subsurface resources, without impairment of the land, that will best meet the present and future needs of the people. Does not necessarily connotate the combination of uses that will yield the highest economic return or greatest unit of output.
MULTIPURPOSE PROJECT—A project designed to serve more than one purpose. For example, one that provides water for irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife, habitat restoration and protection, and, at the same time, controls floods or generates electric power. Also see Multiple Purpose Reservoir.
MUNICIPAL AND INDUSTRIAL WATER USE (M & I)—Water supplied for municipal and industrial uses provided through a municipal distribution system for rural domestic use, stock water, steam electric powerplants, and water used in industry and commerce.
MUNICIPAL DISCHARGE—The discharge of effluent from waste water treatment plants which receive waste water from households, commercial establishment, and industries. Combined sewer/separate storm overflows are included in this category.
MUNICIPAL SEWAGE—Sewage (mostly liquid) originating from a community which may be composed of domestic sewage, industrial wastes, or both.
MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER FACILITY—Refers to those facilities that receive or dispose of wastewater derived principally from residential dwellings, business or commercial buildings, institutions, and the like. May also include some wastewater derived from industrial facilities. Also referred to as Domestic Wastewater Facility.
MUNICIPAL WATER—Municipal water may come from either ground water or surface water sources. Once water has entered a municipal water system, from whatever source, it will be considered municipal water.
MUNICIPAL WATERSHED—The watershed from which the runoff is used for drinking purposes in a city.
MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEM—A water system which has at least five service connections or which regularly serves 25 individuals for 60 days. See Public Water System (PWS).
MUSKEG—A Swamp or Bog formed by an accumulation of sphagnum moss, leaves, and decayed matter resembling Peat. Prevalent in Canada and Alaska and part of the North American boreal forest Biome.
MUTAGENIC—Causing mutation, or the abrupt change in the genotype of an organism.
MUTCHKIN—(Scottish) A unit of liquid measure equal to 0.9 U.S. pint (0.42 liter).