Effects of projected climate (2011-50) on karst hydrology and species vulnerability: Edwards aquifer, south-central Texas, and Madison aquifer, western South Dakota

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Karst aquifers—formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone—are critical groundwater resources in North America, and karst springs, caves, and streams provide habitat for unique flora and fauna. Springflow and groundwater levels in karst terrane can change greatly over short time scales, and therefore are likely to respond rapidly to climate change. How might the biological communities and ecosystems associated with karst respond to climate change and accompanying changes in groundwater levels and springflow?

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  • critical issues, database publication, water, climate, karst, texas, south dakota