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The Moravian Karst
Karst
(Czech: Moravský kras) is a karst landscape and protected nature reserve to the north of Brno
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.[1] Currently, five of the cave systems (Punkva Caves, Balcarka Cave, Kateřinská Cave, Výpustek Cave
Cave
and Sloupsko-šošůvské Caves), Býčí skála Cave
Cave
(closed) and Stránská skála
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 chamber collapsed. Macocha Abyss
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. The Moravian Karst
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. See also[edit]

Stránská skála Punkva Caves Býčí skála Cave Brno
Brno
Highlands Jindřich Wankel Karel Absolon

References[edit]

^ http://www.moravskykras.net/en/moravian-karst.html Accessed 9-4-2008.

External links[edit]

Information on the caves from showcaves.com Website about Moravian Karst
Karst
(Czech, English) Blansko
Blansko
town site with tourism information

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Coordinates: 49°16′41″N 16°44′03″E / 49.27806°N 16.73417°E / 49.27806; 16.73417

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