Environmental Earth Sciences

, 59:1309 | Cite as

Contrastive analysis of karst collapses and the distribution rules in Northern and Southern China

  • He KeqiangEmail author
  • Du Rulin
  • Jiang Wenfu
Original Article


In Northern and Southern China, there are two different territorial systems of karst collapse. Because of the differences in basic geological conditions, groundwater dynamic conditions and climatic factors, the karst collapses are different in Northern China from those in Southern China in types, distribution characteristics, development density, scope, and formation mechanism. Based on analysis of statistical data in bulk and analysis of basic rules of the karst collapses in China, this paper systematically analyzed the basic geological conditions, groundwater dynamic conditions and climatic conditions both in North and South when studied and concluded the discrepancy in features, scales, density, regional distribution rules, formation mechanism, etc. The contrast and rules concluded will be of important significance and have great implication value to the exploration and prevention of karst collapse planning and layout of relevant project construction.


Northern and Southern China Karst collapse Distribution rules Contrastive analysis 



The study was supported by National Nature Science Foundation of China (40672182; 40872184) and the National Key Project of Scientific and Technical Supporting Programs (2006BAB02A01). Many thanks to Academician Lu Yaoru (the Chinese Academy of Engineering) and Lecturer Wang Bin, Economic University of Shijiazhuang, China, for supplying the authors with the practical test data of Palaeo-karst collapses. Postgraduates, Feng Lipo, has completed a significant amount of work in the investigation and data analysis for this paper. The authors are indebted to them for their work on this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringQingdao Technological UniversityQingdaoPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of GeologyShijiazhuang Economic UniversityShijiazhuangPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of GeologyQingdao Technological UniversityQingdaoPeople’s Republic of China

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