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Karst Sinkhole

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KARST/SINKHOLE

PELA is internationally recognized in the field of geology and hydrology of karst aquifers.

Karst areas present unique hydrogeologic and engineering challenges because they are often characterized by sinkholes, underground streams (caves), and major springs. PELA has performed major investigations of karst areas for environmental and engineering purposes around the world. These include:

  • Groundwater and surface-water hydrology
  • Water supply development and management
  • Wellhead and springhead protection
  • Waste disposal
  • Subsidence risk
  • Development and recovery of natural resources
  • Environmental permitting
  • Dye trace studies
  • Geotechnical studies
  • Remedial investigations
  • Remediation

Specific PELA projects in karst areas include:

environmental
litigation
compliance
sinkhole
water
storage tanks