Karst and Hominids/Hominoids
Karst topography tell us about subsurface geology. Karst terrain also exemplifies groundwater sources, as well as caves. It is entirely possible that early hominids, and even modern hominoids (what Cryptozoologists term as bigfoot) tended to follow, or live at/in/around karst areas to take advantage of caves for shelter, or search for possible available water.
Below are two articles (a longer one, and a shorter rebuttal) from two publications that cover hominids (Australopithecines) and karst, and their possible relationship. Even today, with karst areas covering only 10% of the surface of the planet, about 1/4th of the people in the world live in karst areas (probably to take advantage of the available groundwater via well pumping, etc.). Read below and YOU DECIDE....
The Relationship Between Prehistoric Man and Karst
Exact Copy (scanned) Source:
THE NSS BULLETIN, Quarterly Journal of the National Speleological Society, Volume 38, Number 2, Contents: Man and Karst, Water Quality, Cave Fish (only "Man and Karst" is covered here), April 1976
(these are thumbnailed for your convenience)
Rebuttal Article -- Exact Copy (scanned) Source:
(no longer available)
If hominids sought out and lived in karst areas, would it be likely to assume that modern day hominoids (bigfoot) also follow karst areas? Caves are certainly a possible lure for hominoids, and water is obviously an important necessity for life. The Texas Bigfoot Research Center has a map on annual rainfall and bigfoot sightings, showing a close relationship between water and bigfoot populations. Like caves where a Sasquatch could hide from people, etc., living in the thick of the woods/forest would also be a good cover, and trees (not to mention edible plants) grow best in higher rainfall areas as compared to the dry desert El Paso area where "desert apes" are seen. Migration and travel routes of the desert apes show a trend toward movement along mountains/fault lines, granite, and water sources such as the Rio Grande, lakes, and limestone caves/caverns. Magnetic anomalies (shown on an aeromagnetic map) also possibly indicate an "inner magnetic compass" which might help guide hominoids to ancient plutonic granite masses for rock crushing and potassium supplementation.
There is certainly a lot of work to be done in this research of hominoids/bigfoot and all that I have mentioned here in this small space. Karst areas, however, and the search for possible caves in the El Paso area are just one of the avenues which I am looking at.
(c) Sharon (Eby) Cornet 2011