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The geomorphology of the Jenolan Caves Area


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Kiernan, K 1988 , 'The geomorphology of the Jenolan Caves Area' , Helictite, vol. 26, no. 2 , pp. 7-21 .

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The Jenolan Caves occur in a small impounded fluviokarst developed in limestone of
late Silurian age. This paper reviews present knowledge of the geomorphology of
Jenolan. The surface and underground geomorphology has been strongly influenced by
the lithology and structure of the limestone and the non-carbonate rocks that surround the
karst. There is evidence in the present geomorphology of the inheritance of influences
from palaeo landscapes. Abundant surficial and cave sediments reflect slope gradients and
climatic conditions that have existed in the past. Despite the very limited size of the
limestone outcrop there is great variety in the karst, including many kilometres of
underground passage and a range of cave morphologies and clastic and chemical
sediments underground.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kiernan, K
Journal or Publication Title: Helictite
ISSN: 0017-9973
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