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Sinkholes: A geophysical hazard

March 2013

At their most mysterious, sinkholes can make it seem like the earth is opening up and swallowing people and their possessions whole. However, geography and geology can explain all. Sinkholes (also known as ‘dolines’) are geophysical hazards found in areas with a Karst (limestone) landscape

Sinkholes: A geophysical hazard


Edexcel – AS level, unit 1 (Global hazards) An example of a geophysical hazard that threatens the life and property of increasing numbers of the world’s people

OCR – A2 level, unit F763 (Earth hazards) Can be used to teach hazards associated with mass movement and slope failure. Details physical conditions, processes involved and human reactions

This article could also be used to teach geophysical hazards and/or Karst landscapes at GCSE level.

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