The morphology and development of Rillenkarren.

D. L. Dunkerley

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Measurements of the morphology of solution flutes (Rillenkarren) made on Silurian and Devonian limestones in southeastern Australia included width, length, cross-sectional area and cross-sectional shape of the flutes, together with the inclination of the rock face on which they were developed. These data are used, in conjunction with some field observations of water chemistry, to develop a preliminary theory of solution flute development, which suggests that the extraordinary uniformity of solution flute widths is related to textural characteristics of exposed limestone surfaces. The quite considerable variation in cross-sectional form of solution flutes is related more to the effects of limestone solubility and mean ambient temperature on the dissolution process, than to rainfall intensity or to hydraulic characteristics of the flow of water over the rock face. -English summary

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-348
Number of pages17
JournalZeitschrift fuer Geomorphologie
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1979

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