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Contrasting definitions for the term ‘karst aquifer’

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January 2017

Abstract

It is generally considered that karst aquifers have distinctly different properties from other bedrock aquifers. A search of the literature found five definitions that have been proposed to differentiate karst aquifers from non-karstic aquifers. The five definitions are based upon the presence of solution channel networks, hydraulic conductivities >10−6 m/s, karst landscapes, channels with turbulent flow, and caves. The percentage of unconfined carbonate aquifers that would classify as ‘karst’ ranges from <1 to >50%.

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Hydrogeology Journal, Vol. 25, no. 5 (2017).

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Karst, Conceptual Models, Dual Porosity, Carbonate Rocks, Silicate Rocks

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Karst; Conceptual Models; Dual Porosity; Carbonate Rocks; Silicate Rocks

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SFS0073024_00001

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