Abstract

Quantification of the development of solution dolines provides important information for understanding the long-term evolution of karst landscapes. This study reports the initial results of an investigation of the long-term denudation rates along the side slopes of a solution doline based on analyses of cosmogenic 36Cl in calcite. The denudation rates increase in proportion with increasing size of the topographic contributing area, thereby supporting the hypothesis that the rate of surface lowering in carbonate terrains is controlled by water convergence in the epikarst. A simple model based on the empirical correlation between denudation rate and contributing area is successful in explaining the form of several solution dolines located close to the analyzed doline. The model reveals that these solution dolines, which have varying diameters, developed over similar time scales of the order of 105 yr.

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