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Appropriate terminology for karst-like phenomena: the problem with 'pseudokarst'
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 18:29 authored by Eberhard, R, Christopher SharplesChristopher Sharples
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.
Publication titleInternational Journal of Speleology
Department/SchoolSchool of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
PublisherSocieta Speleologica Italiana
Place of publicationItaly
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