: an irregular limestone region with sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns
karstic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web State and county regulators said the dredging drastically altered the nature of the stream and damaged a karst feature. Taima Kern, Journal Sentinel, 5 Jan. 2023 In one of these areas, a 175-square-mile expanse known as the Maros-Pangkep karst, Brumm and his colleagues have dated a painting of a Sulawesi pig species to at least 45,500 years ago. Theodora Sutcliffe, Discover Magazine, 18 May 2021 Variations in the local geology, climate, and other factors affect the way a karst appears at the surface, says international cave expert George Veni in a news release. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2022 The spectacular karst formations in China have earned the region a UNESCO world heritage site designation. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2022 Further in, stretched across the dirt, is an entrance to a cave — a karst that leads deep under the forest to the Edwards Aquifer. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Mar. 2022 There are 1,474 karst features throughout Camp Bullis, ranging from small cracks and crevices to slits in the earth, that deposit water into the recharge zone of the Edwards Aquifer. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Mar. 2022 Enshi contains a karst cave system with numerous bats in its 37 miles of passages. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Kentucky and bluegrass go together like Sea and Biscuit, and the byway has plenty of both: The karst and phosphate-rich soil is the special sauce in raising prizewinning thoroughbreds. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History


German, from Slovene dialect or Croatian dialect kras, kars, type of rock, region composed of such rock

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of karst was in 1902

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“Karst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karst. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

variants or Kras or Italian Carso
limestone plateau northeast of the Istrian Peninsula in western Slovenia extending into eastern Italy

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