Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms
Based on "A Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology with Special to Environmental Karst Hydrology" EPA/600/R-02/003, 2002, EPA: Washington, DC., Speleogenesis Glossary includes 2699 cave & karst terms
(German.) 1. Karren forms with rounded edges; formed by soil water than cannot flow freely due to the tightness of soil pores and thus corrodes away all edges and points. The small karren forms disappear, grooves and grikes are widened and deepened. One or two centuries after being laid bare, the earlier rounded edge is only just recognizable so round karren and their remains provide evidence of an earlier soil covering . 2. Karren form comprising rounded channels, commonly 50-500mm deep and wide and separated by rounded ridges. Rundkarren are the characteristic dissolutional form created beneath superficial material such as sandy till, peat or other soil, or beneath a cover of plants or lichen . Synonym: round karren. See also Karren.