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Van Buren in Carter County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Big Spring-A Karst Topography

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

 

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Big Spring-A Karst Topography Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 4, 2010
1. Big Spring-A Karst Topography Marker
Inscription. Karst is a special type of landscape that is formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks, including limestone and dolomite.

A karst topography is characterized by rolling hills, deep hollows springs, caves, sinkholes and tunnels. Rain water, seeping through soil, becomes slightly acidic. Water penetrates cracks and joints, slowly dissolving porous limestone bedrock. Through time, cracks and joints enlarge, creating a vast underground drainage system.

Big Spring carries 173 tons of dissolved dolomite bedrock away in a day. Over one year, this would equate to a new passage about 11 feet wide, 12 feet high and 1 mile in length.
 
Location. 36° 57.15′ N, 90° 59.49′ W. Marker is in Van Buren, Missouri, in Carter County. Marker is on Pea Vine Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Van Buren MO 63965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Building Human Happiness (approx. 0.3 miles away); There Was Work To Be Done (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camp Hains - 1710 (approx. 0.3 miles away); CCC - A Peace-Time Army

Ozark National Scenic Riverway image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 4, 2010
2. Ozark National Scenic Riverway
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Van Buren (approx. 3.2 miles away); Carter County Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
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Ozark National Scenic Riverway image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 4, 2010
3. Ozark National Scenic Riverway
Ozark National Scenic Riverway image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 4, 2010
4. Ozark National Scenic Riverway
Ozark National Scenic Riverways image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 4, 2010
5. Ozark National Scenic Riverways
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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