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Glossary

Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms

jama
1. (Slavic.) Vertical or steeply inclined shaft in limestone, known as abime or aven in France and as pothole in England. 2. Any cave [10]. Synonyms: (French.) jama; (German.) Abgrund, Schacht, Schlund; (Greek.) karstikon phrear; (Italian.) abisso, foiba, pozzo, voragine; (Russian.) karstovy kolodec, karstovaja shahta; (Spanish.) sima, pozo, avenc; (Turkish.) obruk; (Yugoslavian.) bezdan, japaga, zvekara, pekel, brezno, prepad, propast. Related to cenote, doline, obruk, pit, shaft, shake hole.