Karst in Southeast Asia

Gillieson, David (2005) Karst in Southeast Asia. In: Gupta, Avijit, (ed.) The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia. Oxford Regional Environment (4). Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp. 157-176.

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[Extract] Flying over the patchwork quilt of land uses that comprise Southeast Asia, one often sees extensive tracts of rugged topography with plateaux pitted with depressions, deep gorges, rivers arising at the bases of mountains, and towers arising from alluvia ted plains, These are the karst lands, formed on limestone bedrock and subject to the solutional erosion of that bedrock above and below ground. With a total area of about 400 000 km2, Southeast Asia contains some of the more extensive karst regions in the world (Figure 10. 1). Many of these karst areas are of high relief with spectacular arrays of tower and cone karst. Many have now been inscribed on the World Heritage list in recognition of their unique geomorphology and biology. They are scattered throughout the islands of the Malay archipelago as well as the adjoining fringe of the Asian mainland. Karst is found in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Lao PDR, and Papua New Guinea.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-924802-5
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2009 02:27
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