Karst Landscapes

Karst is a type of landscape where the dissolving of the bedrock has created sinkholes, sinking streams, caves, springs, and other characteristic features. Karst is associated with soluble rock types such as limestone, marble, and gypsum. In general a typical karst landscape forms when much of the water falling on the surface interacts with and enters the subsurface through cracks, fractures, and holes that have been dissolved into the bedrock. After traveling underground, sometimes for long distances, this water is then discharged from springs, many of which are cave entrances.
 

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Water flows from a cave entrance at Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri.
Water flows from a cave entrance at Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri.

NPS photo by Scott House

The following is a partial list of National Park Service units that include karst landscapes:
 
 

Last updated: May 1, 2018