Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Karren (Solution Fissure, Lapies, Lapiaz) Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1252
When surface water continuously erodes soluble rocks along joints, grooves form on the rock surface, which are collectively called karren or lapies. The bottom is often filled with dissolved residual soils and gravels deposited by water. Karrens are generally 10 cm to more than 2 m wide and tens of centimetres to several metres long and deep. Karrens (lapies) usually form in a criss-cross pattern (Fig. 3).
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