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Coming book about karst & caves of Croatia
Book about karst & caves of Croatia
23rd International Conference on Subterranean Biology
The 23rd International Conference on Subterranean Biology will be held from June 13 to 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
EGU-2016 Evaporite karst session
A session on Evaporite karst is being organized within the EGU General Assembly to be held as usual in Vienna, 17-22 April 2016
50th Annual Meeting of North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America
Symposium T19. Characterization of Karst of the Midwestern U.S.: Problems with Unstable Ground and Groundwater Quality.
Eurokarst-2016 - submission deadline postponed
The deadline for submitting abstracts (French or English) to the Eurokarst conference is slightly postponed to the 15th of October.

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Republished from Gabrovšek, F. (Ed.). 2002. Evolution of karst: from prekarst to cessation. Postojna-Ljubljana, Zalozba ZRC, 155-190. Open link

UIS KHS Commission
Karstification and Groundwater Flow

One of the principal aims of hydrogeology is to propose a reasonably adequate reconstruction of the groundwater flow field, in space and in time, for a given aquifer. For example, interpretation of the chemical and isotopic composition of groundwater, understanding of the geothermal conditions (anomalies) or forecasting the possible effects of industrial waste disposals and of intensive exploitation nearly always would require the knowledge of the regional and/or local groundwater flow systems such as defined by Toth (1963). The problem of estimating the groundwater flow field in fractured and karstified aquifers is approached within the framework of a conceptual diagram showing the relationship between groundwater flow, hydraulic parameters (aquifer properties and boundary conditions), distribution of voids and geological factors.
Autoregulation between groundwater flow and karst aquifer properties, duality of karst, nested model of geological discontinuities, scale effect on hydraulic parameters and use of numerical finite element models to check the interpretation of the global response of karst springs are some of the subjects addressed by the author. Inferences on groundwater flow regime with respect to the stage of karst evolution can be made only if the hydraulic parameter fields and the boundary conditions are known by direct observations, or estimated by indirect methods for the different types of karst. Practical considerations on the monitoring strategies applied for karst aquifers, and on the interpretation of the global response obtained at karst springs will complete the paper, which throughout reflects the point of view of a hydrogeologist.