karst tower

karst tower
   An isolated, separate hill or ridge in a karst region consisting of an erosional remnant of limestone or other sedimentary rocks with vertical or near-vertical, convex side slopes and commonly surrounded by an alluvial plain, lagoon, or deep rugged ravines.
   Compare: karst cone, mogote.

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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