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What is Karst

What is Karst

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Published by: Adil Javed Chaudhary on Dec 05, 2010
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What is Karst?

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Karst is landforms and landscapes formed by dissolving rock

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Caves are a karst landform.

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Sinkholes are a karst landform.

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Springs are a karst landform.

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Rock Towers are a karst landform.

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Sinkhole plains are a karst landform.

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Karst regions underlie about ¼ of Earth¶s land surface.

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Fresh Water of the Continents
the hydrologic cycle of water from the oceans and the continents to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration; back to the ocean and continent surfaces through precipitation and eventually returning to the oceans through surface runoff (rivers) after storage (lakes, ground water, ice sheets)
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Ground Water
when precipitation reaches the ground, it either runs off or infiltrates into the soil - as runoff, it flows into streams - as infiltration, it either returns to the air through evapotranspiration or seeps downward to become ground water

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Limestone Solution by Ground Water
carbonic acid action dissolves limestone, producing caverns cavern collapse creates sinkholes and a karst landscape

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Cave Formations

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Sinkholes
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Karst Mountains ± Guilin, China
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