Karst (Czech: Moravský kras) is a karst landscape and
protected nature reserve to the north of
Brno in the eastern part of
the Czech Republic, located near the town of Blansko. It encompasses a
number of notable geological features, including roughly 1100 caverns
and gorges and covers an area of roughly 92 km². Currently,
five of the cave systems (Punkva Caves, Balcarka Cave, Kateřinská
Cave and Sloupsko-šošůvské Caves), Býčí skála
Cave (closed) and
Stránská skála (out of the border) are open for
public tours and exploration.
This region is also home to one of the most important single
geological features in the Czech Republic, the Macocha Abyss, a gorge
138 m deep, which was formed when the ceiling of an underground cave
Macocha Abyss is also the place where the Punkva
River begins to run underground through the Punkva cave system, and
two small pools of water are visible at the surface.
Karst is a popular tourist attraction in the local area,
and large numbers of tourists visit in the summer months. In addition
to caverns, the nature preserve also contains well-marked bicycle
trails and hiking paths to explore.
Býčí skála Cave
^ http://www.moravskykras.net/en/moravian-karst.html Accessed
Information on the caves from showcaves.com
Website about Moravian
Karst (Czech, English)
Blansko town site with tourism information
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Moravian Karst.
Coordinates: 49°16′41″N 16°44′03″E / 49.27806°N
16.73417°E / 49.27806; 16.73417
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