Dictionary of Geotourism

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

Stone Forest Landscape, Shilin Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2336
This is a type of carbonate landform landscape. Under humid climate conditions, carbonate rocks tend to dissolve and be modified by other dynamic geological effects to form columns more than 5 m tall with various forms. They can develop in clusters or in isolation to form a unique karst landscape that looks like a woodland when viewed from a distance. The dissolution process includes subterranean dissolution and surface rainwater erosion. The resulting columnar forms include sword-like, sharp cone-like, mushroom-like, pagoda-like, cylindrical, castle-like and irregular forms (Fig. 42).
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