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Guangxi Karst: The Fenglin and Fengcong Karst of Guilin and Yangshuo

  • Tony Waltham
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Abstract

The limestone karst of southern China is among the most extensive and spectacular in the world. Large blocks of fengcong karst consist of clustered conical hills with large caves draining beneath them and their intervening dolines. Isolated towers in the fenglin karst may evolve from the fengcong where input of allogenic sediments maintains alluviation of the base-level plain and hence permits undercutting of the limestone hills. This process appears to take more than 10 million years, and only occurs in areas of slow tectonic uplift.

Keywords

Cave fengcong fenglin Guangxi karst limestone 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony Waltham
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  1. 1.university lecturer in engineering geology in NottinghamNottinghamUK

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