Tower karst

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Tower karst at Li River, Guilin, China

Tower karst are tall rock structures made up of soluble rock. Tower karst forms as near-vertical joints and fractures are eroded downward by solution leaving parts of a previously coherent rock mass isolated from each other.[1] Tower karst is most common in tropical regions,[1] although it may form in other climates as well.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Cave: Cone and tower karst". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  2. ^ Brook, G.A.; Ford, D.C. (1978). "The origin of labyrinth and tower karst and the climatic conditions necessary for their development". Nature. 275 (5680): 493–496. doi:10.1038/275493a0.