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Tiankeng: definition and description

Author(s): Zhu Xuewen | Waltham Tony

Journal: Speleogenesis and Evolution of Karst Aquifers
ISSN 1814-294X

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 3292;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: karst | doline | tiankeng | China | definition

A tiankeng is a type of very large collapse doline that has evolved by roof collapse over a large cave chamber where a huge mass of breakdown debris has been removed by a substantial cave river. Described first in China, the term tiankeng is recognised as a useful term within the worldwide lexicon of karst.

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