Karst Water — Groundwater
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In the previous chapters there has again and again been a noticeable contrast between karst water and groundwater. This is a peculiarity of the German language but is nevertheless of general significance. It is a consequence of Grund’s theory of karst groundwater (1903) (see Chap. 6.2.3). Hence an investigation will be made to see whether this is really a question of contrasts. It is characteristic that many karst hydrogeologists in Germany who are concerned with useful water reserves in karst (Weidenbach, 1960; Eissele 1963; Groschopf, 1963) speak of groundwater, but that karst researchers reject this expression. Wagner (1960) writes: “Karst water is a special kind of groundwater” (p. 66).
KeywordsHard Rock Karst Area Open Joint Karst Water Active Cavity
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