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an area of limestone terrane characterized by sinks, ravines, and underground streams.
Origin of karst:
1900–05; < G, generic use of Karst, name of limestone plateau N of Trieste
A type of land formation, usually with many caves formed through the dissolving of limestone by underground drainage.
A mountainous region in northeastern Italy and southwestern Slovenia.
Origin: From the Karst, a region of modern-day Slovenia typified by such landscape; from Karst, from Slovene Kras.
Karst topography is a geological formation shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock, usually carbonate rock such as limestone or dolomite, but also in gypsum. It has also been documented for weathering-resistant rocks, such as quartzite, given the right conditions. Subterranean drainage may limit surface water with few to no rivers or lakes. Many karst regions display distinctive surface features, with cenotes, sinkholes or dolines being the most common. However, distinctive karst surface features may be completely absent where the soluble rock is mantled, such as by glacial debris, or confined by one or more superimposed non-soluble rock strata. Some karst regions include thousands of caves, although evidence of caves large enough for human exploration is not a required characteristic of karst.
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