Graduate School

Dinaric karst

This course is part of the programme:
Karstology (Third Level)

Objectives and competences

Dinaric karst is one of large karst areas of the world. It is also site of classical karst research sites, important for history of karst sciences. Students learn basic geologic, geographic and climatic characteristics of Dinaric karst and with that meet also with history of the land use and history of karst research.



Content (Syllabus outline)

  • History of karst research on Dinaric karst
  • Geology, morphology and hydrology of Dinaric karst
  • Important caves
  • Land use of Dinaric karst

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge of a large and complex karst area that is also a reference study site. Student is able of independent study of literature and sources.


  • Bonacci, O., 1987: Karst Hydrology.- Springer-Verlag, 184 pp, Berlin, Heidelberg.
  • Gams, I., 1973: Slovenska kraška terminologija, 1973, Ljubljana.
  • Gams, I., 2004: Kras v Sloveniji v prostoru in času.- Založba ZRC 515 str., Ljubljana.
  • Gunn, J., (editor) 2004: Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science.- Fitzroy Dearborn, 902 p., New York, London.
  • Herak, Milan & Stringfield, V.T., 1972: Karst. Important Karst Regions of the Northern Hemisphere.- XIV + 1-551, Amsterdam etc.
  • Jakucs, L., 1977: Morphogenetics of karst region, Budapest.
  • Kranjc, Andrej/Ed., 1997: Slovene Classical Karst 1-254, Ljubljana (159906)
  • Mihevc, A. 2001: Speleogeneza Divaškega krasa. Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana.
  • Milanović, P.T., 1979: Hidrogeologija karsta.- HE Trebišnjica, 302 pp, Trebinje
  • Nicod J., 2003: Les karsts dinariques : paysages et problemes : Slovénie, Croatie, Bosnie-Herzégovine, Monténégro = Slovenija, Hrvaška, Bosna-Hercegovina,Črna gora / Jean Nicod. – Ljubljana : Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti; Nîmes : Association Française de Karstologie, 183 str.
  • Roglič, J., 1957: Zaravni u vapnencima. Geografski glasnik 19, 103-134, Zagreb.
  • Selected articles from relevant Slovene and foreign professional journals.


The oral exam is designed to assess the student acquired knowledge from the classes and ability to understand, articulate and expressing their knowledge. Conditions for examination are the presence at the field work, a short essay (5-10 pages), by which the student works on a certain topic related to his seminar and dissertation.

Lecturer's references

Associate Professor of Geography.


University course code: 3KR023

Year of study: 1

Semester: 2

Course principal:




  • Lectures: 50 hours
  • Seminar: 30 hours
  • Field exercises: 10 hours
  • Other: 90 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: slovene, english

Learning and teaching methods:
• lectures • individual consultations • field work and preparation of the report • individual work under s under supervision of the lecturer responsible for the course