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Coastal Karst Landforms

Series: Coastal Research Library, Vol. 5

Michael J., Lace, Mylroie, John E. (Eds.)

2013, XIII, 429 p. 268 illus., 180 illus. in color.

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  • Offers an integrated view of karst processes in various coastal landforms
  • Includes cutting edge coastal research from leaders in the field
  • Examples from a broad range of island and continental shoreline settings

Carbonate rock coasts are found world-wide, from continental shorelines of the Adriatic Sea of Europe to the Yucatan Peninsula of North America, and on tropical islands from Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, to the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean, to the Bahama Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.  Such coasts are well known for their unusual and distinctive karst landforms. Karst processes, particularly those associated with coastal landforms, are proving to be surprisingly unique and complex.

This volume presents a comprehensive overview of the processes associated with coastal karst development comparing examples from a broad geographical and geomorphological range of island and continental shoreline/paleoshoreline settings, including a review of pseudokarst processes that can compete with and overprint dynamic coastal karst landscapes.

As effective management of hydrologic resources grows more complex, coastal caves and karst represent fundamental components in associated coastal aquifers, which in the rock record can also form significant petroleum reservoirs.

Audience  By providing a clearer understanding of the geological, biological, archaeological and cultural value of coastal caves and karst resources, this volume offers a critical tool to coastal researchers and geoscientists in related fields and to coastal land managers as it illustrates the diversity of coastal karst landforms, the unique processes which formed them, the diversity of resources they harbor and their relationship to coastal zone preservation strategies and the development of sustainable management approaches.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Coastal resource management - Geomorphology - Hydrology - Karst - Speleogenesis

Related subjects » Earth System Sciences - Hydrogeology

Table of contents 


Part I. Principles of coastal karst development

Pseudokarst caves in the littoral environment

Erosional and depositional textures and structures in coastal karst landscapes

Hydrology and geochemistry of the freshwater lens in coastal karst

Coastal karst development in carbonate rocks

The biological and archaeological significance of coastal caves and karst features

Coastal cave and karst resource management

Part II . Selected case studies in coastal cave and karst development

Caves and karst of the Bahama Islands

Tafoni cave development in the Bahamas

Coastal caves and karst of the Puerto Rican Islands

Caves and karst of Barbados

Cave development and patterns of caves and cave systems in the eogenetic coastal karst of southern Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)

Rodrigues –an Indian Ocean Island Calcarenite: Its history, study and management

Caves and karst hydrogeology of the Mariana Islands

Littoral cave development on the western U.S. coast

Climatic influences on coastal cave and karst development in Florida

Overview of the controls on eogenetic cave and karst development in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Telogenetic limestones and island karst

Australian examples of coastal caves



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