Series: Coastal Research Library Volume: 5
429 pages, 180 colour & 88 b/w photos, illustrations, and maps
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.
Coastal Karst Landforms 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.
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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