Karst landscapes are home to 25 percent of the world’s drinking water supplies, and in many countries water supply is highly dependent on karst aquifers. Their unique structures, containing many voids, are a particular problem for building corporations and land developers. This book, written by the well-known karstologist Eric Gilli, presents a diverse range of chapters on history of karstology, aquifers and their characterization, water supply management, coastal and submarine karsts, evolution of karst and paleokarst, paleontology, tourism, and oil and mineral reserves.
Table of Contents
Foreward. Introduction and Definitions. History of karstology. Carbonate rocks. The limestone dissolution. Components of the karst landforms. Different types of landforms. The endokarst and the speleogenesis. Evolution of karst and paleokarst. Parakarsts and pseudokarsts. Caving and study endokarst. Karst aquifers. Characterization of aquifers. Water supply and Water management. Coastal and submarine karst. Management problems in karst areas. Tourism. Mineral Resources. Hydrothermalism and geothermy. The study of paleoenvironments. Geodesy and rock mechanics. Paleontology, prehistory and biology. CONCLUSION. References.