The “Classical Karst” comprises the area between Ljubljana (Slovenia), Trieste (Italy) and Rijeka (Croatia), and it is the area with the oldest scientific exploration of karst. The first mentions to this geographical areas dates back to ancient times, whereas the scientific explanation of processes in karst areas began in the 17th century. The word “Karst” (originally kras), as well as the early descriptions of widespread karst phenomena, e.g. dolina, uvala, polje or ponor, originated from Slavic words and are result of early explorations in the Classical Karst. The first institute completely dedicated to karst exploration was established more than century ago in Postojna (Slovenia), with the main goal of developing the multidisciplinary study and protection of karst areas. Our travel across the Classic Karst will focus mostly on karstology, providing a geographical overview its caves and karst, historical perspective and current research trends, with amazing images from this iconic karst area.
“The Cave Show” is a series of (online) seminars about why are caves important, why it is important to study and protect caves, but also about our passion for caves, which drive much of our research activities. It is included in the celebrations of the International Year of Caves and Karst (http://iyck2021.org).
More info: https://ce3c.ciencias.ulisboa.pt/outreach/press&events/ver.php?id=1308