Karst Geology 2


  • Structure of karstic rocks. Lithological, geochemical, hydrogeological and sedimentological properties, crucial for karstification and evolution of karstic features. Bedding planes, faults, fractures and their detection.
  • Geochemical processes. Dissolution of rocks, kinetics, equilibrium and non-equilibrium chemical processes.
  • Speleogenesis, karstification, dissolution velocity (kinetics), inception horizon hypothesis. Modeling of karstic and geochemical processes, vulnerability of waters in karstic and fractured aquifers.
  • Karst hydrogeology. Major differences between rocks with intergranular, fractured and karstic porosity. Concept of double and triple porosity. Porosity in carbonates. Dynamics of ground water in karstic and fractured rocks. Flow through a single fracture and multiple fractures. Epikarst. Flow and transport in aquifers. Conceptual and computer models. Pumping and tracer tests in karstic and fractured rocks. Pollution in these rocks.
  • Speleological properties. Creation and evolution of karstic channels, sediments, cave morphology, cave forms. Determination of flow velocity. Age dating of sediments.
  • Process geomorphology of karst. Influences and processes on karstic surface development. Chemical and physical weathering. Surface dissolution (denudation). Cave forms in humid, arid and other climates. Micro- and macrofeatures, other features.


  • Computational and computer exercises.
  • Field work. Structural karst mapping, karst and cave features in selected location.
  • Seminar work.

Geology (MAG) - Applied Geology (AG)





TeacherTimotej Verbovšek ENG

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