Volume 46, Issue 2 (2017)

Evaporite Karst


Chemical deposits in evaporite caves: an overview
Paolo Forti

  • Up to date news on minerals and speleothems in evaporite caves
  • Short description of the ain mechanisms allowing chemichal deposits in evaporite caves


Evaporite karst in Italy: a review
Jo De Waele, Leonardo Piccini, Andrea Columbu, Giuliana Madonia, Marco Vattano, Chiara Calligaris, Ilenia D’Angeli, Mario Parise, Mauro Chiesi, Michele Sivelli, Bartolomeo Vigna, Luca Zini, Veronica Chiarini, Francesco Sauro, Russell Drysdale, and Paolo Forti

  • Geology of Italian gypsum karst is described
  • Main surface morphologies in these gypsum areas is illustrated
  • Caves in gypsum are described
  • Carbonate speleothems in these evaporite caves are important palaeoclimate archives
  • Gypsum areas are often subjected to different kinds of hazards


Evaporite karst geohazards in the Delaware Basin, Texas: review of traditional karst studies coupled with geophysical and remote sensing characterization
Kevin W. Stafford, Wesley A. Brown, Jon T. Ehrhart, Adam F. Majzoub, and Jonathan D. Woodard

  • Hypogene & Epigene karst geohazards associated with infrastructure
  • Speleogenesis of Permian evaporite karst
  • Coupled traditional and remote sensing characterization of evaporite karst
  • LiDAR & CIR image analyses for characterization of gypsum karst phenomena
  • Direct Current & Capacitively Coupled resistivity detection of shallow gypsum karst phenomena


Possible evaporite karst in an interior layered deposit in Juventae Chasma, Mars
Davide Baioni and Mario Tramontana

  • Karst morphologies are detected in an ILD in Juventae Chasma
  • The landforms display similarity with terrestrial karst
  • The features of the karst landforms suggest a young erosional age
  • The landforms suggest the presence of liquid water
  • The landforms are markers of climatic changes occurred in the early Amazonian period


Integration of multi-criteria and nearest neighbour analysis with kernel density functions for improving sinkhole susceptibility models: the case study of Enemonzo (NE Italy)
Chiara Calligaris, Stefano Devoto, Jorge P. Galve, Luca Zini, and José V. Pérez-Peña

  • The Alta Valle del Tagliamento valley (N Italy) is affected by hundreds of sinkholes
  • A susceptibility model of high forecast performance was produce for the Enemonzo area
  • The parameter Nearest Sinkhole Distance and the use of kernel density estimations improved the model significantly

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