Karst definitions

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An area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns.
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A region made up of porous limestone containing deep fissures and sinkholes and characterized by underground caves and streams.
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(geology) A type of land formation, usually with many caves formed through the dissolving of limestone by underground drainage.
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A mountainous region in northeastern Italy and southwestern Slovenia.
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Origin of karst

From German Karst. The German term most likely derives from the Slovene placename Kras (the Karst Plateau), although some scholars dispute this.