Hazards and landscape changes (degradations) on Hungarian karst mountains due to natural and human effects

Móga János, Kiss Klaudia, Szabó Mária, Kériné Borsodi Andrea, Kéri András, Mari László, Knáb Mónika, Iván Veronika

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In order to study the karstological processes within the karst ecological system, the geohazards and degradation of karst landscapes on the karst areas of the Bakony mountains (Hungary), we investigated the abiotic elements of the environment, soil and cover deposits, erosion soil decay; the changes in the quantity and quality of karst waters: contamination at swallow holes, contamination of karst springs; and the biogenic factors: surface vegetation coverage by the corine land cover method, plant-ecological examinations, qualification of surface waters with the help of biological water labeling. We recognized that the increasing human activities during the past few centuries have had significant impact on the investigated landscapes of karst areas because of their spatial sensitivity. In the scope of our research we concluded that the landscape changes due to natural and human effects can vary strongly on the different karst areas. These differences can arise from the climatic and geomorphologic situation, the coverlayer's qualities, etc., but primarily from the different utilization of the investigated karst areas (e. g. the intensity, characteristics and territorial extension of utilization). On the spot investigation we detected traces of new and fast geomorphological processes (gully formation, landslides, collapses, new sinkhole development) and landforms (sinkholes, gullies, swallow holes), which are clear evidences of the effect of climatic changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-28
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Mountain Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 6 2013


  • Geological hazards
  • Karst landscape
  • Limestone mountain
  • Soil erosion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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