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Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms

(From the Latin word 'alveolatus,' meaning hollowed out.) Pitting of a rock surface produced by wind loaded with sand, by water charged with carbonic acid, or by plant roots [10]. See also alveolar. Synonyms: (French.) alveolisation; (German.) Wabenverwitterung; (Greek.) kypselothis epiphania; (Italian.) alveolizzazione; (Spanish.) alveolizacion; (Turkish.) cukurlasma; (Yugoslavian.) alveolizacija.