Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy

Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy

by Robert Brinkmann


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“Brinkmann skillfully takes a technically and legally complex topic and weaves it into a shape that experts and the general public will understand and enjoy. Richly referenced to support further study, this book is very readable and includes pleasant but unexpected information on how Florida’s history was shaped by sinkholes.”—George Veni, Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute


“The most comprehensive and thorough resource to date on Florida’s sinkholes. Robert Brinkmann draws on decades of personal experience with Florida’s complex karst landscape to focus on the pressing issues of sinkhole development, public perception of the danger, and possible solutions for the future.”—Jason Polk, Western Kentucky University, Associate Director, Hoffman Environmental Research Institute


“An excellent and fascinating review of the science and policy issues behind the remarkable phenomenon of karst sinkholes in Florida. Recommended not only for environmental geology and karst specialists but also for members of the general public in Florida whose lives are actually or potentially affected by sinkholes or who want to learn more about the environment they live in.”—Alexander Klimchouk, director, Ukrainian Institute of Speleology and Karstology


Florida Sinkholes—the first comprehensive book on the subject—is an easy-to-follow guide to understanding how sinkholes form and what to do about them. City planners, construction managers, developers, and homeowners alike will find this book invaluable because of the heavy impact and increasing frequency of sinkhole formation in the state. Packing an abundance of sound scientific fact into frank, readable language, this book examines case studies of notable sinkholes, explains karst—the Swiss cheese–like formations of soluble rock that underlie Florida’s peninsula—and reviews practical concerns like structural damage, repairs, and insurance problems related to sinkholes.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813044958
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Brinkmann directs the sustainability studies program at Hofstra University and coauthored Urban Sediment Removal: The Science, Policy and Management of Street Sweeping.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Sinkholes in Florida: An Introduction 1

2 Sinkhole Formation 19

3 Geologic Setting and Urban Sinklioles 31

4 Sinkholes in the Ridges and in North and South Florida 72

5 Notable Sinkholes 107

6 Detection and Mapping 134

7 Sinkhole Policy 160

8 Evaluations and Repairs 194

9 Conclusions 217

References 225

Index 237

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