lapies


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lapies

[lə′pēz]
(geology)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lapies

A bedrock surface, beneath the soil, roughened as a result of action by a solution of limestone, gypsum, or other soluble rock; usually deeply trenched along joints. Such a bedrock presents hazards and results in excessive costs for footings and foundations.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The karsts contain immense labyrinths of caves, tunnels, corridors and lapies (or giant fissures), carved hundreds of metres down through solid stone.
Scoured and eroded by relentless water action over hundreds and millions of years, the great karsts contain immense labyrinths of caves, tunnels, corridors and lapies, or giant fissures, carved hundreds of metres down through solid stone.