Definition of karst
: an irregular limestone region with sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns
karsticplay \ˈkär-stik\ adjective
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Above the surface, Raja Ampat's dramatic karst topography -- think southern Thailand without a thousand hotels -- is ripe for jungle walks and rock climbing.
The destruction of karsts at the hands of cement companies, developers and tourists is a problem throughout the region.
Sixteen lakes stretch over a portion of the park, and they've been made breathtakingly beautiful by what is known as karst processes.
The karsts are full of nooks and crannies that have nurtured highly specialized plants and animals found nowhere else.
The Edwards Plateau is a land of karst, a term for rock, typically limestone, dissolved into caves and pits.
The Li River, China, to see the fantastic tower karst that appears in much Chinese art 48.
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Origin and Etymology of karst
German, from Slovene dialect or Croatian dialect kras, kars, type of rock, region composed of such rock
First Known Use: 1902See Words from the same year
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: area in Slovenia and Italy
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