Gypsum karst of Great Britain

Cooper, A.H.. 1996 Gypsum karst of Great Britain. International Journal of Speleology, 25 (3-4). 195-202.

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In Great Britain the most spectacular gypsum karst development is in the Zechstein gypsum (late Permian) mainly in north-eastern England. The Midlands of England also has some karst developed in the Triassic gypsum in the vicinity of Nottingham. Along the north-east coast, south of Sunderland, well-developed palaeokarst, with magnificent breccia pipes, was produced by dissolution of Permian gypsum. In north-west England a small gypsum cave system of phreatic origin has been surveyed and recorded. A large actively evolving phreatic gypsum cave system has been postulated beneath the Ripon area on the basis of studies of subsidence and boreholes. The rate of gypsum dissolution here, and the associated collapse lead to difficult civil engineering and construction conditions, which can also be aggravated by water abstraction.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Physical Hazards
ISSN: 03926672
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Additional Keywords: gypsum, hazards, subsidence, planning
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 02 Oct 2012 12:59 +0 (UTC)

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