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Karst Geology and Hydrology

Code: 44557
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Maja Martinuš - Lectures
Lecturers: doc. dr. sc. Maja Martinuš - Practicum
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Achievement of competences which are necessary for 1) field study of karst, 2) study of water dynamics in karst, 3) protection of waters in karst, 4) successfully interpret evolution of karst regions, individual karst phenomena in particular.

1. Introduction, types of karst, karst theories;
2. karstification, solution of limestone, precipitation of carbonates;
3. morphogenesis of karst features, surface features, underground features;
4. water in karst, watertable, chemistry of karst waters, springs and sinks, rivers in karst;
5. geotechnical issues in karst, motorways, railroads, hydroenergetic systems, ground instabilities;
6. sediments in karst, stream sediments, tufa, lacustrine sediments, cave and cavern sediments;
7. dating of karst features, methods, prospects and limitations.
  1. Nastavni CD/DVD kojeg priskrbljuje nastavnik za svakog studenta sa svim predavanjima i odgovarajućom literaturom.
  2. Waltham T. et al. (2005): Sinkholes and Subsidence: Karst and Cavernous Rocks in Engineering and Construction. Springer-Praxis.
  3. Jakucs L. (1977): Morphogenetics of Karst regions: Variants of Karst Evolution. Adam Hilger.
  4. Herak M. & Stringfield V. T. (1972): Karst - Important Karst Regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Elsevier.
  5. Sweeting M.M. (1972): Karst Landforms. Macmillan.
  6. Enger E. D. & B. F. Smith (2002): Environmental Science - A study of interrelationships. McGraw Hill.
  7. Cunningham W. R. et al. (2005): Environmental Science: A Global Concern. 8th ed. McGraw Hill.
  8. Gams I. (2004): Kras v Sloveniji - V prosotru in času. Založba ZRC SAZU.
  9. Gospodarič R. & P. Habič (1976): Underground Water tracing. Investigations in Slovenia 1972-1975.
  10. Roglić J. (2004): Krš i njegovo značenje - sabrana djela.
1. semester
Izborni predmeti - Regular study - Ecology and Nature Preservation
Consultations schedule: