William B. White and Elizabeth L. White (USA): their contributions to karst hydrogeology discussed in an interview
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Hydrogeologists and speleologists all over the world recognise William B. White (born 1934, USA) and Elizabeth L. White (born 1936, USA) for their achievements in the fields of karst hydrogeology and cave research, and have learned a great deal from their books, papers and lectures. It is also thanks to the Whites that many aspects of the specific hydrogeological characteristics of carbonate aquifers, such as turbulent flow in caves and conduits, are generally acknowledged today. Amazingly, both of them earned their merits in other subject areas and dedicated only a portion of their time to karst hydrogeology. However, cave and karst research is the topic on which they worked as a couple, at least partly, and their karst-related work is not only driven by scientific interest but also by personal interest and passion.
Elizabeth White is a civil engineer who worked not only on stormwater management and geological hazards, but also on cement, the beneficial use of fly ash,...
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We thank Enviroscan, Inc., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, for sponsoring the videotape of the interview on the Hydrogeologist Time Capsule.
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