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  • It is a classic example of contact karst between the limestone and impermeable rock and is the type location for the landforms and terms karst and doline (swallowhole).

    Skocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia 2008

  • The site has been fundamental to research on karst phenomena since the 19th century and it is from here that the geomorphological terms 'karst' and 'doline' originate.

    Skocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia 2008

  • Sidorova O.V., & Naurzbaev, M. M. Reakzija na klimatitcheskie izmenemija listvennizi Kajandera na verchnei granitze lesa i v doline reki Indigirki Response of Larix Kajanderi to climatic changes at the upper timberline and in the Indigirka River valley.

    Juckes and the Indigirka River Alter Ego « Climate Audit 2006


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  • (n): A geomorphic surface feature, which is an aspect of karst topography and which is a steep walled, open structure formed by and acting as a conduit for water entering a cave system.

    cf. sinkhole, swallow hole, swallet, ponor

    January 15, 2009

  • O boy! another Slavonicism! This word, like karst, actually comes from from Slovene, in which dolina normally means "valley".

    January 15, 2009

  • By some conflated reasoning, I'd always associated karst, like meander, with the nation of Turkey. The latter term is named after a river that snakes back and forth along its floodplain.

    January 15, 2009

  • The western part of Slovenia is, literally, pitted with caves, sinkholes and disappearing rivers, and it was here, in this region called Kras in Slovene (Karst in German and Carso in Italian), that this particular limestone geology was first systematically investigated. The name of the region, however, is ancient and predates the arrival of the Slavs in the 6th century CE.

    January 15, 2009

  • Thanks for the great info and clarification rolig!.

    January 15, 2009

  • A sinkhole, also known as a cenote, sink, sink-hole, swallet, swallow hole, or doline (the different terms for sinkholes are often used interchangeably), is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer.

    July 11, 2018