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grike

(ɡraɪk) or

gryke

n
(Geological Science) a solution fissure, a vertical crack about 0.5 m wide formed by the dissolving of limestone by water, that divides an exposed limestone surface into sections or clints
[C20 in geological sense: from northern dialect]
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And the rolling hills of the Burren are composed of limestone pavements, crisscrossed with cracks known as grikes, and isolated rocks called clints.
And the rolling hills of the Burren are composed of limestone pavements criss-crossed with cracks known as grikes and isolated rocks called clints.
The dissolving away of carbonate-containing rocks, such as (pre-Cambrian) dolomites and (Ordovician) limestones, is associated with a karstic relief, with spectacular cave systems natural arches, clints, and grikes, potholes, karrens, rises, and blind valleys.