Welcome to the karst!

A karst landscape is characterized by a number of special geomorphological phenomena both above and below ground. The relief of a karst landscape is shaped by dolines (also called sinkholes), uvalas, poljes, dry valleys, collapse dolines, shafts and caves, which creates extremely varied and ecologically heterogeneous habitats even at smaller distances. Another factor contributing to the heterogeneity of habitats in the karst between the Gulfs of Trieste and Kvarner are the intertwining climatic influences of the Mediterranean, the Dinaric Mountains, and the Alps. Precisely this heterogeneity of habitats is the precondition for the rich biodiversity as well as cultural heritage.

4 Interpretation centers

4KARST consists of a network of four interpretation centers, each tied to their specific type of karst. Each center has its own in-situ interpretation polygon in the hinterland as well as a network of less known, somewhat overlooked hot spots of karst landscape heritage. The four interpretation centers in the project are:

  • Karst Vegetation Interpretation Center in the area of the Sežana Botanical Garden (low carst)
  • Škocjan Caves Park Interpretation Center(contact karst)
  • Brod na Kupi Interpretation Center  (high carst)
  • Stara torklja/Stari toš Interpretation center in Punat (coastal karst)


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