Karst: Chapter 89

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Edited by: Vijay P. Singh



Karst areas present unique hydrologic and hydrogeological characteristics that are often challenging to investigate. These characteristics are largely dependent on the extent of development of solution conduits within the underlying bedrock, and the resulting integration of surface and subsurface drainage components into a karst aquifer system. The investigation and characterization of karst aquifers typically require a multidisciplinary approach and the use of relatively specialized methods such as tracer testing, spring discharge monitoring, and various hydrograph separation or modeling techniques. Conventional methods of hydrologic or hydrogeologic investigation may be applied successfully for specific purposes; however, proper conceptualization of a given karst aquifer system is a requirement for effective analysis, modeling, and interpretation of karst hydrologic and hydrogeologic data.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Karst: Chapter 89
ISBN 9780071835091
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher McGraw-Hill
Contributing office(s) Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center
Description 14 p.
First page 89-1
Last page 89-14