sulfate-reduction karst

sulfate-reduction karst
   Karst topography developed in the subsurface where solution of bedrock is chiefly a result of sulfate reduction by petroleum hydrocarbons aided by bacterial processes that oxidize hydrocarbons to yield carbon dioxide. Little, if any of the water that dissolves the rock is meteoric [17].

A Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology with Special Reference to Environmental Karst Hydrology. . 2002.

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