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Appropriate terminology for karst-like phenomena: the problem with 'pseudokarst'


Eberhard, R and Sharples, C, Appropriate terminology for karst-like phenomena: the problem with 'pseudokarst', International Journal of Speleology, 42, (2) pp. 109-113. ISSN 0392-6672 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5038/1827-806X.42.2.2


The practice of referring to certain morphologically karst-like phenomena as ‘pseudokarst’ is problematic, because it ignores basic principles of sound classification, logical naming conventions and accepted geomorphic classifications and terminology. These problems have compounded the difficulty in establishing an accepted classification of ‘pseudokarst’ types. The practice embodies a karst-centric perspective which should be avoided in favour of using conventional geomorphic terminology for non-karstic features. We illustrate this by providing existing conventional terms for many ‘pseudokarst’ types reported in the literature.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:karst, pseudokarst, landform classification, geomorphology, Tasmania
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Geomorphology and earth surface processes
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sharples, C (Mr Chris Sharples)
ID Code:85217
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-06-19
Last Modified:2017-10-30

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