Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns.

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  • n. A type of land formation, usually with many caves formed through the dissolving of limestone by underground drainage.

Etymologies

German, after the Karst, a limestone plateau near Trieste.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Karst, a region of modern-day Slovenia typified by such landscape; from German Karst, from Slovene Kras. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The base, nested in karst on the southern edge of the Plain of Jars, was the headquarters for the CIA-funded Meo army commanded by General Vang Pao.

    Riess, Charles F.

  • The term "karst" -- a limestone region of underground rivers, gorges, and caves -- originated in Slovenia's Karst plateau between Ljubljana and the Italian border.

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  • It is a classic example of contact karst between the limestone and impermeable rock and is the type location for the landforms and terms karst and doline (swallowhole).

    Skocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia

  • The dissolving rock below the ground had a profound effect on the land above it, and the landscape, called karst, displayed unusual and distinctive features.

    The Plains of Passage

  • On a 3-2 vote, the Wisconsin State Senate Environment Committee has passed SB 632 which seeks to protect drinking water in the so-called karst areas of the Badger State.

    Brownfield

  • Critics say the bill threatens some of the most ecologically unique areas of the Tongass forest, namely karst limestone habitat, as well as two subspecies: the Queen Charlotte goshawk and the Alexander Archipelago wolf.

    Mongabay.com News

  • HOMES has contended that the proposed farm is constructed on a delicate geological formation, karst, which is porous would allow animal waste to pollute underground aquifers and waterways.

    The Journal-Standard Homepage RSS

  • The site has been fundamental to research on karst phenomena since the 19th century and it is from here that the geomorphological terms 'karst' and 'doline' originate.

    Skocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia

  • The permit likely will force the dairy to address whether the land includes "karst"

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Lighthouse Reef System, Belize, 2000: The Blue Hole is a karst-eroded sinkhole, the result of the repeated collapses of a cave system formed during lower sea level stands

    Incredible Sinkholes Around the World | Impact Lab

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  • NOUN:
    An area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns.

    August 20, 2009

  • See burren.

    December 8, 2008

  • See note on oxbow lake.

    September 25, 2008

  • Named after the Karst (Kras) region in Slovenia. The adjectival form is karstic.

    January 2, 2008