Karst
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Karst

Karst: The term "karst" refers to a type of topography that is formed over limestone, dolomite or gypsum by solution of the rock and is characterized by closed depressions or sinkholes, caves and underground drainage.

Karst

A geologic formation of irregular limestone deposits with sinks, underground streams, and caverns.

Karst
"Karst": a limestone terrain characterized by sinks, caverns, abrupt ridges, protuberant rocks and drainage characteristics due to greater solubility of limestone in natural waters than is common. The term is derived from the geographical name of part of Slovenia
Karst

A geologic formation composed of soluble rocks, such as limestone or gypsum, that is often rich in caves.

Karst

Topography with sinkholes, caves and underground drainage that is formed in limestone, gypsum or other rocks by dissolution (dissolving).

Karst

A kind of topography formed in limestone, gypsum, or other soluble rocks by dissolution, and that is characterized by closed depressions, sinkholes, caves, and underground drainage.  Various types of karst can be recognized depending upon the dominant surface features:  karst dominated by closed depressions (sinkhole karst – temperate climates; cockpit karst – humid tropical climates), closed depressions and large rivers (fluviokarst), bare rock dominated by dissolution joints (pavement karst), tropical cone-, tower- or domed-hills (kegel karst), or karst thinly mantled with glacial drift (glaciokarst), etc.

Karst

Terrain composed of and underlain by carbonate rocks (usually limestone) that have been significantly altered by dissolution, creating caves and sinkholes.

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Karst has been defined 7 different ways in documents like Underground Injection Control Program Terminology, FRTR Glossary, Coral Reef Information System Glossary, and 4 more.

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