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Part of the series Encyclopedia of Earth Science pp 1182-1182


  • Rhodes W. Fairbridge

A word in Serbo-Croat from the classic Yugoslavian Karst region, the uvala comprises a series of joined or coalescent dolinas, often elongate and marking a former subterranean stream channel or series of collapsed sinkholes. It does not necessarily contain a stream at the present time. An uvala is generally of the order of 1 km in length; it is thus intermediate in size between a dolina (q.v.) and a polje (q.v.). When there is an active stream, entering at one side and leaving at the other, Malott (1932) has referred to it as a “karst window.”

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