The first half of the book is a systematic presentation of the dissolution kinetics, chemical equilibria and physical flow laws relating to karst environments.It includes details of the many environmental factors that complicate their chemical evolution, with a critique of measurement of karst erosion rates.The second half of the book looks at the classification system for cave systems and the influence of climate and climatic change on karst development.The book ends with chapters on karst water resource management and a look at the important issues of environmental management, including environmental impact assessment, environmental rehabilitation, tourism impacts and conservation values.Practical application of karst studies are explained throughout the text.
"This new edition strengthens the book's position as the essential reference in the field. Karst geoscientists will not dare to stray beyond arm's reach of this volume. It is certain to remain the professional standard for many decades." Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, August 2007
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