A topographic term for the landscape and structures formed in soluble bedrock by the effects of solution weathering. Karst regions are characterized by subterranean caverns, sinkholes, and dolines. Karst typically results from the action of mildly acidic water percolating through Limestone, Gypsum, or Dolomite. As the rock dissolves, it becomes more porous and underground drainage systems develop.
Synonyms and Related Terms
karst (Fr., Port.); carso (Port.)
Resources and Citations
- ICOMOS-ISCS: Illustrated glossary on stone deterioration patterns
- José Delgado Rodrigues, LNEC, Submitted information, 2009.
- Wikipedia: Karts topography (accessed March 2010)