Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Karst Terrane and Transportation Issues

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_206

Definition of the Subject

As roads, highways, bridges, and railroad corridors are built to better transport our society, the terrane that they are located in may dictate design and construction procedures necessary to produce a stable and safe transportation route. One such terrane is karst , a landscape that is typically underlain by carbonate rocks such as limestone and weathers chemically and physically to produce features such as sinkholes and caves.

Designing, constructing, and maintaining these transportation systems that are located in karst terrane require proactive techniques to better stabilize the road or bridge. Too often a reactive approach to dealing with karst issues is pursued by transportation agencies. Being more proactive toward karst issues can lessen maintenance costs and also protect the environment.

Introduction

Dissolution of bedrock in areas underlain by carbonate rocks (usually limestone or dolomite ) results in a terrane characterized by sinkholes,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tennessee Department of Transportation, RetiredBlaineUSA
  2. 2.KarstP.E. LaMoreoux, Inc.Oak RidgeUSA