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Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

karst

 (kärst)
n.
An area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns.

[German, after the Karst, a limestone plateau near Trieste (where geologists first studied karstic landscapes) .]

karst′ic adj.

karst

(kɑːst)
n
(Physical Geography) (modifier) denoting the characteristic scenery of a limestone region, including underground streams, gorges, etc
[C19: German, from Karst, limestone plateau near Trieste]
ˈkarstic adj

karst

(kɑrst)

n.
an area of limestone terrane characterized by sinks, ravines, and underground streams.
[1900–05; < German, generic use of Karst, name of limestone plateau N of Trieste]
karst′ic, adj.

karst

Limestone landscape with a largely bare, rocky surface and rivers that flow through underground caves.
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The term karst represents lands with geologically complex landscapes and special characteristics of landhydrology.
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Situated on the southern shore of the Red river delta, Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs.
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I was astounded that they would propose a route with a right of way that 1) would run the length of my forested acres only 75 feet from my deck, 2) would be the width of a 12-lane highway, 3) would have power poles more than twice the height of our oak trees and 4) require concrete foundations bored 30 to 40 feet deep in our karst terrain.
Sinkholes are the surface expressions that identify karst topography--geographic areas underlain by limestone that are dotted with circular collapse structures, where the surface has fallen into collapsed, near-surface caves.