Shepherdstown, W.Va. (AP) --
The Potomac Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council is co-sponsoring this week's conference that examines karst geology and growth in the eastern panhandle.
Karst geology is formed where limestone, gypsum and other types of rock are dissolved by water.
This creates sinkholes, caves and other underground drainages.
Karst's porous nature can lead to groundwater contamination from urban, business and industrial above ground activities.
Council coordinator Rebecca MaCleod says conference also will examine finding water resources, bat habitat and mapping sinkholes.
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