Frozen karst ridge

Frozen karst ridge

There was rather little snow still in january in High Tatras this year. However, january with its freeze was a perfect month for ice climbing in ice Tatras. I took this photo from the base of the Medený icefall. This winter was a perfect for ice climbing in Tatras. East part of the carst ridge of Belianske Tatry is seen in background. Remarkable summit with conal slopes is Predné Jatky (1950 m). To the right of it there is Košiare (2012 m) with a small wall. Further to the right there is Holica (1981 m) with another conal slope. Finally, there is Bujačí vrch (1947 m) on the right. Frozen tarn Zelené pleso (1551 m) and chalet on its shore is in the middle of the photo.
Tomas Kristofory
on Apr 24, 2008 4:27 am
Image Type(s): Scenery
Image ID: 398466


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lcarreau - Apr 24, 2008 2:55 pm - Voted 10/10

Tomas, what is

your modern English definition of karst?
I always thought it was a type of
limestone or dolomite formation, with
lots of underground rivers and caves due
to the calcium carbonate composition of
the rock. I know that Hungary and probably
Albania have lots of caves. What about
Poland and Slovakia? Is there a "karst
region" running through the Carpathians,
as well as the Diarnic Alps to the south
in the Balkans? Seems like that would be
a lot of limestone in one amazing region
of the world. Thanks for the information!
- Larry of AZ

Tomas Kristofory

Tomas Kristofory - Apr 24, 2008 6:59 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Tomas, what is

Hi Larry, I absolutely adore limestone ranges. I don't know how much karstic ranges are there in Poland, but in Slovakia and in Czech republic there are quite a lot of them. Generally, higher granite range is surrounded by lower karstic ranges. In the neighbourhood of High Tatras there are Belianske Tatry and karst in Javorinska Siroka massif and on the west Czerwone wierchy with one cave Vysna Kresanica in summit region (2100 m), what is couple of hundreds meters deep - so don't go away of the trail - you could fall into cave. Slovak paradise, Velka Fatra, Zadielska dolina (all have SP pages) are karstic ranges. Muranska plateau will have another SP page (it has some 250 caves). You may get some information from perfect Carpathians page here. Karstic parts are also in the westernmost edge of Carpathians close to slovak capital Bratislava.

These are quite small compared to huge areas of karst in Dinaric Alps, but are pretty as well. Some are in the list of World natural heritage together with some neighbouring Hungarian karstic areas. You made me miss limestone trails - I may go somewhere this weekend - at last! Cheers Tomas :)


lcarreau - Apr 24, 2008 9:25 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Tomas, interesting ...

The World heritage report states
there being over 5,350 caves in
Slovakia alone. Impressive number
by American standards! Take care!
Watch out for cave monsters! -Larry

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