© 1988


  • Noel P. James
  • Philip W. Choquette

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Philip W. Choquette, Noel P. James
      Pages 1-21
  3. General Karst Features and Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Eugene A. Shinn, Barbara H. Lidz
      Pages 117-131
    3. Kenneth A. Rasmussen, A. Conrad Neumann
      Pages 132-148
    4. Peter L. Smart, R. J. Palmer, F. Whitaker, V. Paul Wright
      Pages 149-162
  4. Examples of Paleokarst Terranes

About this book


Landscapes of the past have always held an inherent fascination for ge­ ologists because, like terrestrial sediments, they formed in our environment, not offshore on the sea floor and not deep in the subsurface. So, a walk across an ancient karst surface is truly a step back in time on a surface formed open to the air, long before humans populated the globe. Ancient karst, with its associated subterranean features, is also of great scientific interest because it not only records past exposure of parts of the earth's crust, but preserves information about ancient climate and the movement of waters in paleoaquifers. Because some paleokarst terranes are locally hosts for hydrocarbons and base metals in amounts large enough to be economic, buried and exhumed paleokarst is also of inordinate practical importance. This volume had its origins in a symposium entitled "Paleokarst Systems and Unconformities-Characteristics and Significance," which was orga­ nized and convened by us at the 1985 midyear meeting of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. The symposium had its roots in our studies over the last decade, both separately and jointly, of a number of major and minor unconformities and of the diverse, and often spectacular paleokarst features associated with these unconformities.


Breccia Cambrian Dolomite Jura Sediment Sedimentation diagenesis mineral mineral deposits mineralogy research stratigraphy

Editors and affiliations

  • Noel P. James
    • 1
  • Philip W. Choquette
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geological SciencesQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Paleokarst
  • Editors Noel P. James
    Philip W. Choquette
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-96563-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-8332-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-3748-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 416
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sedimentology
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