Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms

paleokarstic surface
A surface, preserved within a carbonate succession, that was formed by the effects of karst erosion. The presence of a paleokarstic surface indicates that during the deposition of the full rock sequence the young rocks were exposed to the effects of surface (subaerial) erosion. During such a nondepositional and erosional phase a full suite of karst features, including caves, could develop [9].