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French Caving Terms

Accede            - leads to
Affluent            - inlet
Allure               - appearance
Amarrage         - belay/rebelay
Amont              - upstream
Argileux           - muddy or clayey
Au-dessous      - underneath
Aval                 - downstream
Bas                   - low
Bateau              - boat
Bloc coince       - jammed block
Boyau               - crawl
C                      - on survey indicates climb up, with height
Calcaire            - limestone
Canot pneumatique   - rubber dinghy
Carrefour           -  cross road or junction
Cascade            - climb, generally upwards
Chatriere            - squeeze (may be hands and knees crawl)
Collecteur          - streamway (not necessarily active)
Coloration          - dye test
Concretion          - formations
Conduite forcee  - phreatic passage
Corde                 - rope
Cordelette de rappel  - abseiling rope
Coulee barrage    - stal blockage requiring an up and over climb
Coupe                 - section (survey)
Courant d’air       - current of air
Crue                    - flood
Developpement    - length
Diaclase               - vertical joint or fault
Dessobstruction   - ex-obstruction
Doline                  - shakehole
Dynamite              - blasted
Eau                      - water
Eboulis                 - rocks/boulder choke
Echelle                 - ladder
Effondremont       - collapse
Entree                  - entrance
Escalade              - climb
Etiage                  - low water
Etroite                  - tight
Faille                  &nbs