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What's
uKarst?

uKarst is a new, innovate online tool that makes evaluating karst resources simple. Anyone can be a karst scientist.

What is karst?

Karst is a distinctive, interconnected landscape that contains valuable water resources. These terrains form over time as slightly acidic water slowly dissolves soluble bedrock, such as limestone or dolomite, to create sinkholes (dolines), springs, caves, and aquifers.

In these landscapes, the surface and subsurface are intimately connected. Karst is estimated to cover 12 percent of the world's ice-free land surface, provide habitable conditions for more than 25 percent of the world's population, and supply 20-25 percent of the world's population with fresh drinking water (Ford and Williams 2007).

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How does uKarst work?

uKarst is a web-based tool designed to assist both experts and non-experts to become karst citizen-scientists, by helping you determine what data are available in a karst area and the how to use those data to evaluate the condition of that karst landscape.

The site welcomes you to share what you find with other interested persons, discuss the challenges and opportunities you face when gathering information, and share ideas about karst management and research.So, we invite you to use the uKarst tool so you can learn about karst environments and do your part to improve the health of your karst landscape!

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