meandering karren

   These are small grooves cut directly into the rock surface, generally a few centimeters wide and deep. Their size remains the same or decreases downslope and usually exhibit small meanders with typical undercut slopes and slip-off slopes. They frequently appear in the bottom of larger grooves such as rinnenkarren [3].
   Synonym: (German.) Mäanderkarren.

A Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology with Special Reference to Environmental Karst Hydrology. . 2002.

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  • Karren —    (German.) Channels or furrows, caused by solution on massive bare limestone surfaces; they vary in depth from a few millimeters to more than a meter and are separated by ridges. In modern usage, the terms are general, describing the total… …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • wall karren —    These are found on vertical walls as a result of water flowing down the walls without any area wide moistening although area wide sprinkling occasionally influences their development [3].    See also meandering karren; humus water grooves …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • humus-water grooves —    This is a special type of meandering karren or wall karren in which the water originated in humus covering. Water originating from a humus cover has an excess of CO2 and is therefore, very aggressive and can dissolve large amounts of limestone …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

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