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Karst Management

  • The book focuses specifically on karst management
  • It provides comprehensive coverage of topic
  • The chapters are written by leading karst researchers of the world
  • The book can be readily used as basis for a course, although not a textbook

By: Philip E van Beynen(Editor)

489 pages, 50 tables


Paperback | Oct 2014 | #221434 | ISBN-13: 9789401783934
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Hardback | Jun 2011 | #221433 | ISBN-13: 9789400712065
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About this book

Focusing specifically on the management of karst environments, this volume draws together the world's leading karst experts to provide a vital source for the study and management of this unique physical setting. Although karst landscapes cover 12% of the Earth's terrain and provide 25% of the world's drinking water, the resource management of karst environments has only previously received indirect attention. Through a comprehensive approach, Karst Management focuses on engineering issues associated with surface karst such as quarries, dams, and agriculture; subsurface topics such as the management of groundwater, show caves, cave biota, and geo-archaeology projects.

Chapters that focus on karst as an integrated system look at IUCN World Heritage sites, national parks, policy and regulation, measuring systematic disturbance, information management, and public environmental education. The text incorporates the most up-to-date research from leading karst scientists such as Derek Ford, Paul Williams, John Gunn, Barry Beck, Stephen Worthington and Mario Parise. This volume provides vital perspectives for university students, educators, geoengineers, resource managers, and planners who are interested in or work with this unique physical landscape.


1. Introduction

Section 1: Management of Surface Karst
2. Engineering Issues on Karst
3. Karst Management
4. Experience in Collapse Risk Assessment of Building on Covered Karst Landscapes in Russia
5. Agriculture and Karst

Section 2: Management of Subterranean Karst
6. Management of Caves
7. Some Consideration on Show Cave Management Issues in Southern Italy
8. Geoarchaeology and Karst: A New Perspective
9. Managing Macrobiota in Caves
10. Managing Microbial Communities in Caves

Section 3: Management of Karst Aquifers
11. Management of Carobante Aquifers
12. Management of Karst Groundwater Resources
13. Management of Groundwater Species in Karst Environments

Section 4: Management of Karst Regions as Integrated Units
14. National Karst Research Institutes: Their Roles in Cave and Karst Management
15. Using Public Policy to Affect Human Behaviour on Karst Landscapes in the United States
16. Karst and Sustainability
17. Human Disturbances of Karst Environments
18. The Cockpit Country, Jamaica: Boundary Issues in Assessing Disturbance and Using a Karst Disturbance Index in Protected Areas Planning
19. Expanding South Nahanni National Park, Northwest Territories, Canada, to Include and Manage Some Remarable Sub-arctic Karst Terrains
20. Protection of Karst Landscapes in the Developing World: Lessons from Central America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia
21. Karst in UNESCO World Heritage Sites


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