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By Philip E. van Beynen (auth.), Philip E. van Beynen (eds.)

Focusing in particular at the administration of karst environments, this quantity attracts jointly the world’s major karst specialists to supply a necessary resource for the research and administration of this detailed actual atmosphere. even if karst landscapes disguise 12% of the Earth’s terrain and supply 25% of the world’s ingesting water, the source administration of karst environments has purely formerly got oblique consciousness. via a entire technique, Karst administration specializes in engineering concerns linked to floor karst comparable to quarries, dams, and agriculture, subsurface issues reminiscent of the administration of groundwater, convey caves, cave biota, and geo-archaeology tasks. Chapters that target karst as an built-in approach examine IUCN international historical past websites, nationwide parks, coverage and legislation, measuring systematic disturbance, info administration, and public environmental schooling. The textual content accommodates the main updated learn from top karst scientists.

This quantity offers very important views for collage scholars, educators, geoengineers, source managers, and planners who're attracted to or paintings with this targeted actual landscape.

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