Rock failures in karst
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Rock failures in karst environments present peculiar features related to the typical setting of karst, characterized by presence of caves created by chemical solution of soluble rocks, direct connection between the surface and the subsurface, and an overall high fragility of the environment. In addition to landslides s.s. and sinkholes, breakdown processes within caves are extremely common in karst, and may represent a geohazard even to the built-up environment, due to possibility of void migration toward the surface. They deserve, therefore, great attention by scientists, and should be carefully examined through an integrated approach which has necessarily to include direct surveying in natural karst caves.
Parise, M., "Rock failures in karst" (2008). KIP Articles. 4683.