Natural and anthropogenic hazards in karst areas: an introduction

  title={Natural and anthropogenic hazards in karst areas: an introduction},
  author={Mario Parise and John Gunn},
The distinctive hydrology and landforms of karst create a very special environment. Although several types of karst have been identified worldwide, a common thread is the dominantly subterranean drainage. The paucity of water flowing at the surface, a consequence of rapid infiltration underground through a network of discontinuities in the soluble rock mass, results in two important but contrasting points: the considerable value of karst water resources (representing about 25% of the drinkable… 

Managing environmental problems in Cuban karstic aquifers

The Cuban archipelago hosts some of the most typical karst features in the Caribbean, and has very important and high-quality resources of karst water. Carbonate rocks cover about 70% of the country

A present risk from past activities: sinkhole occurrence above underground quarries

  • M. Parise
  • Geology
    Carbonates and Evaporites
  • 2012
Sinkholes are extremely common in Apulia, a low-relief carbonate region of southern Italy that is highly predisposed to this hazard due to the widespread presence of soluble rocks. In addition to the

Evaluating the susceptibility to anthropogenic sinkholes in Apulian calcarenites, southern Italy

Abstract Sinkholes are the main hazard related to underground voids of both natural and anthropogenic origin. Instabilities developing underground may propagate upwards in a dramatic manner and reach

Environmental and hydrogeological problems in karstic terrains crossed by tunnels: a case study

The construction of one of the high-speed railway tunnels between Malaga and Córdoba (South Spain) beneath the Abdalajís mountains occasioned a series of hydrogeological problems with geotechnical

Geomorphological Explanation of Karstic Drainage Sensitivity toward Anthropogenic Pollutants in Kardeh Catchment, NE Iran

In the present study, we aimed to geomorphological explanation of karst features and their environmental sensitivity in Kardeh catchment in Kopet–Dagh mountainous zone, NE Iran. Environmental

Classification of karst springs for flash-flood-prone areas in western Turkey

Abstract. Flash floods are caused by heavy rainfall that has become more frequent. They are more prominent in low-storage karst regions, although karst terrain often acts as a natural flood control



Guidelines for cave and karst protection

Cave and karst landforms are distributed widely around the world. They have many values and are an integral component of the world's biodiversity. Some are habitats for a wide range of endemic

Biodiversity and cultural property in the management of limestone resources - lessons from East Asia

This study focuses on the quarrying of limestone, as a subsidiary element of infrastructure projects, whose impact is not adequately assessed; even environmental assessments do not take full account

Karst Geomorphology and Hydrology

List of tables. Introduction to karst. The karst rocks. Dissolution chemical and kinetic behaviour of the karst rock. Distribution and rate of karst denudation. Karst hydrology. Analysis of karst

Guidelines for Wellhead and Springhead Protection Area Delineation in Carbonate Rocks

  • Prepared for US EPA Region 4.
  • 1996

Speleogenesis: Evolution of Karst Aquifers

Hydrogeological aspects of Groundwater Protection in Karstic Areas. Final Report (COST Action 65)

  • 1995