Karst Hydrology

Concepts from the Mammoth Cave Area

  • William B. White
  • Elizabeth L. White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. John W. Hess, Stephen G. Wells, James F. Quinlan, William B. White
    Pages 15-63
  3. James F. Quinlan, Ralph O. Ewers
    Pages 65-103
  4. John W. Hess, William B. White
    Pages 105-126
  5. Elizabeth L. White
    Pages 127-143
  6. John W. Hess, William B. White
    Pages 145-174
  7. Thomas A. Brucker
    Pages 175-188
  8. Angelo I. George
    Pages 189-221
  9. William B. White, George H. Deike III
    Pages 223-258
  10. George H. Deike III
    Pages 259-291
  11. Arthur N. Palmer
    Pages 317-337
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 339-348

About this book


This volume has its roots in the distant past of more than 20 years ago, the International Hydrologic Decade (IHD), 1964-1974. One of the stated goals of the IHD was to promote research into groundwater situations for which the state of knowledge was hopelessly inadequate. One of these problem areas was the hydrology of carbonate terrains. Position papers published early in the IHD emphasized the special problems of karst; carbonate terrains were supposed to receive a substantial amount of attention during the IHD. There were indeed many new contributions from European colleagues but, unfortunately, in the United States the good intentions were not backed up by much in the way of federal funding. Some good and interesting work was published, particularly by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), but in the academic community the subject languished. About this same time the Cave Research Foundation (CRF), organized in 1957 to promote the systematic exploration, survey, and scientific study of the great cave systems of Mammoth Cave National Park, was casting about for a broader scope for its research activities. Up until that time, CRF research had been largely restricted to detailed mineralogical and geological investigations within the caves, with the main part of the effort concentrated on exploration and survey. The decision to investigate the hydrology required a certain enlargement of vision because investigators then had to consider the entire karst drainage basin rather than isolated fragments of cave passage.


Drainage groundwater hydrology

Editors and affiliations

  • William B. White
    • 1
  • Elizabeth L. White
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geosciences and Materials Research LaboratoryThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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