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The coastal tower karst of Phang Nga Bay


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Kiernan, K 1994 , 'The coastal tower karst of Phang Nga Bay', paper presented at the International symposium on the exploitation and protection of karst and cave scenic tourist resources : Study of karst and cave scenic tourist resources..

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Steep limestone hills and karst towers rise from broad alluvial plains, from mangrove
swamps or from the sea near Phangnga in the southern Thailand. Although the broad form
of the landscape is of subaerial origin it is probable that marine erosion at times of formerly
higher relative sea levels has significant1y contributed to the development of the steepest tower slopes and has resulted in the modification of some caves. Notches and cave entrances
that are common in the limestone towers at up to 10 -15m above present sea level
are probably of last interglacial or Hologcne ,age. Cave entrances, benches and overhangs
much higher on some of the towers are probably, remnants of marine features and suggest
diastrophic movement has occurred during the Quaternary.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Kiernan, K
Journal or Publication Title: International Symposium on the Exploitation and Protection of Karst and Cave Scenic Tourist Resources
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