Geomorphology and Hydrology of Karst Terrains

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byWilliam B. White

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Karst terrains - irregular limestone regions characterized by sinkholes, underground streams and caverns - have long been of interest because of the dramatic landscapes and the challenge of cave exploration. But the geomorphology and hydrology of karst drainage systems are now of interest to water supply specialists, urban planners, and environmental engineers. This graduate-level text discusses the chemistry of karst waters, the processes of sedimentary in-filling, the origins of caves, and the evolution of karst systems through geologic time. Since karst develops predominently by chemical processes, this text is written from the point of view of the chemistry of limestone solution. The approach is more quantitive and process-oriented than that of existing textbooks, and the author includes material on environmental problems in karst regions, including land use and land management, water supply, and pollution control.

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Karst terrains - irregular limestone regions characterized by sinkholes, underground streams and caverns - have long been of interest because of the dramatic landscapes and the challenge of cave exploration. But the geomorphology and hydrology of karst drainage systems are now of interest to water supply specialists, urban planners, an...

William B. White is at Pennsylvania State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 6.5 × 9.57 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195044444

ISBN - 13:9780195044447

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Surface Landforms in Karst Regions3. Underground Landforms in Karst Regions4. Karst Landscapes5. The Chemistry of Carbonate Dissolution6. Karst Hydrology7. Geochemistry of Karst Waters8. Soils, Sediments, and Depositional Features9. Theories, Models, and Mechanisms for the Origins of Caves10. Karst Evolution and Pleistocene History11. Evaporite Karst12. Karst and Karst-like Features in Slightly Soluble Rocks13. Land Use and Land Management Problems in Karst14. Water Resources Problems in Karst

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"The book is superior to many of the karst works presently available and it should take its place on student reading lists." --The Australian Geologist