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Karst

Sources:    Time:2013-06-25

       Karst originated from “Kras”, it is called as Karst in foreign countries, meaning a “rock”. It is a place with the distribution of limestone on the Istria Peninsula in Slovenia, which is near Italy and is called “Carso” by Italian and “Karst” by German. Since the early researches on the limestone landscape were mostly in German, “Karst” becomes a widespread term for this kind of geological landscape. The same name “Karst” is accepted in English. China, the same as other countries, uses the same term and “Kasite” in Pinyin to describe or research on such limestone landscape. During the first national Karst seminar of Geological Society of China in Guilin in 1996, some participants of the seminar proposed that “Kasite” is not easily understood by majority Chinese people and thus gives it another name as “Yanrong”, but the same term “Karst” is adopted in English. Karst is literally a generic term for the rock landscape and phenomena and their process dissolved by water.