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Abstract

Chalk is a soluble carbonate rock with extensive karst development. Natural cavityoccurrence initiallyappears to be random. In an area where the degree of influence of all cavityformational factors is similar, but dissolution is focused on one set of joints rather than another, then solution feature occurrence is perhaps random. This might be termed the ‘microscale’ view, measured at a scale of metres. However, if the pattern of natural cavityoccurrence is considered at a ‘macroscale’ level, saymeasured in hundreds of metres or kilometres, then spatial patterns emerge suggesting dissolution is not as random as it might first appear.

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