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karst

limestone topography typified by potholes, caverns and underground streams.
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(She wonders if the karst topography surrounding the cave was previously overlooked and underappreciated, as everyone was anxious to get into the cave.)
Because of the porous nature of the limestone karst topography, water flows through the system quickly, having little time for pollutants and contaminants to be captured and metabolized through natural filtration.
The region is known for its karst topography. Karst is a three-dimensional landscape shaped by the dissolution of soluble carbonate bedrock, such as limestone, that is highly fractured and contains subsurface drainage systems, often including caves.
Although the Corinthia has been of considerable interest to geologists for its tectonic history and long-term structural development, (59) much less is known about local geomorphology in areas that would be most relevant to human activity: soils, local faults, hydrology and groundwater sources, and karst topography. EKAS studied the environmental history of the eastern Corinthia in a number of ways.
The more we learned about our karst topography in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, the more we knew just how great a threat lead mining would be.
Due to the soluble nature of these rocks, karst topography has developed.
The underlying limestone karst topography allows water to flow in abundant underground rivers, feeding the numerous springs, which flow into the many creeks and streams.
This distinctive karst topography creates ideal drainage conditions for growing big trees.