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Jul 17, 2009
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Words from geology

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yardang
pingo
scree
inselberg
karst

Karst
Karst landscape near Minerve, Hérault, France
Photo: Hugo Soria

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karst

PRONUNCIATION:
(karst)

MEANING:
noun: An area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, sinks, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From German, after the Karst, a limestone plateau in Slovenia, near the Italian city of Trieste.

USAGE:
"Traveling east into the wooded hills and finally to the elevated, rolling plain above the bluffs, the tour group enters the realm of karst, the ultimate geologic destination of this tour and primary scientific focus of the day's adventure."
Joseph G. Maty; Magical Geological Tour is a Trip; St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri); May 12, 1997.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Eminent posts make great men greater, and little men less. -Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (1645-1696)

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