Thesis Title

A Statistical Analysis of Doline Characteristics in the Brookline Quadrangle, Missouri

Date of Graduation

Summer 1990

Degree

Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences

Department

Geography, Geology and Planning

Committee Chair

Kenneth Thomson

Subject Categories

Earth Sciences

Abstract

Dolines, known commonly as "sinkholes," are common karst features in and around Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. While many studies on karst features have been conducted in Greene County, none have focused on the Brookline Quadrangle, located just west of Springfield. This study focused on the relationships between doline location and various physiographic factors. Six hundred seventeen dolines were located and mapped in the area, which were shown to be clustered by means of a quadrat analysis statistical test. Reasons for this clustering (influence of bedrock type, influence of elevation, and influence of lineaments) are discussed and evaluated. In addition, chi-square analyses were used to determine the relatedness between various doline and physiographic factors, and a multiple-regression analysis was used to determine the relationship between the length and width of dolines and their depth.

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© Anthony S Randall

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