Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
Short communication
30 Aug 2011
Short communication |  | 30 Aug 2011

The role of karst in engineering and environmental geosciences

H. C. Ho

Abstract. Karst is a unique landform developed by soluble rock. It usually relates to the groundwater drainage system, and provides important water resources. Current researches indicate that karst is closely related to the Earth system and environmental protection, and it can also create potential natural hazards such as sinkhole flooding and land subsidence in urban area. Its relationship with hydrogeology has also been an important factor for studying water pollution and nutrient cycles in engineering geosciences and agricultural geology.