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Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards in Karst Areas: Recognition, Analysis, Mitigation

Product Code: SP279
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by M Parise and J Gunn
Publication Date: 18 April 2007
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Geological Society Special Publication 279

The book presents an overview of the main hazards affecting karst, including collapse and subsidence phenomena, hydrological hazards and human-induced geohazards. Consideration is also given to the problems of geohazard management in karst. The geological and hydrological properties of karst terrains make them among the most fragile in the world and pose serious problems for land managers. Sustainable development in these terrains requires efforts to limit geohazards of anthropogenic origin and to recognize and mitigate against those of natural origin. Aimed at providing the reader with worldwide case studies, the contributions cover a range of geological and morphological settings. Geographically, the fourteen papers discuss very different karst areas, from North America, the Caribbean and Asia to several karst areas in Europe, including the British Isles, Spain, France and Italy.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-224-2
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-224-3
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 202
Weight: 0.95 kg


Natural and anthropogenic hazards in karst areas: an introduction, M Parise and J Gunn • Sinkhole distribution based on pre-development mapping in urbanized Pinellas County, Florida, USA, R Brinkmann, K Wilson, N Elko, L D Seale, L Florea and H L Vacher • Natural and anthropogenic rock collapse over open caves, T Waltham and Z Lu • Sinkholes in Italy: first results on the inventory and analysis, S Nisio, G Caramanna G Ciotoli • Assessment of cover-collapse sinkholes in SW Sardinia (Italy), F Ardau, R Balia, M Bianco and J de Waele • Karst processes and slope instability: some experiences in the carbonate Apennine of Campania (southern Italy), A Santo, S del Prete, G di Crescenzo and M Rotella • Magnetic prospection as an efficient tool for doline detection: a case study in the central Ebro Basin (northern Spain), T Mochales, E L Pueyo, A M Casas and M A  Soriano • Coastal karst geomorphosites at risk? A case study: the floods of 6-11 December 2004 in central-east Sardinia, A Cossu, J de Waele and F di Gregorio • Contributory area definition for groundwater source protection and hazard mitigation in carbonate aquifers, J Gunn • Rapid karstic bypass flow in the unsaturated zone of the Yorkshire chalk aquifer and implications for contaminant transport, S J L Allshorn, S H Bottrell, L J West and N E Odling • Stable isotopes in aqueous sulphate as tracers of natural and contaminant sulphate sources: a reconnaisance study of the Xingwen karst aquifer, Sichuan, China, S H Bottrell • Intrinsic vulnerability of the Alburni karst system (southern Italy), D Ducci • Evaluating the impact of quarrying on karst aquifers of Salento (southern Italy), M Della Rose, M Parise and G F Andriani • Natural and anthropogenic hazards in the karsts of Jamaica, M J Day • Biotic versus abiotic calcite formation on prehistoric cave paintings: the Arcy-sur-Cure 'Grande Grotte' (Yonne, France) case, E Chalmin, F d’Orlyé, L Zinger, L Charlet, R A Geremia, G Orial, M Menu, D Baffier and I Reiche 


Review by Mark Appleby, BSC (Open)
Review featured in Open University Geological Society Journal Vol 33 (1) 2012

This is a specialist publication, which presents well written and interesting papers that the enthusiast can follow. To get the best from them, some of the papers will need some commitment and studying in detail. However, all of the papers can be appreciated at a more basic level as well

James L. Lolcama

This book is useful to geologists, environmental and engineering hydrogeologists, geotechnical engineers, and land planners who are interested in learning about karst site characteristics, applications of field investigation methods, and case studies in a wide variety of geologic and hydrogeologic settings.

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