Valvasor’s Sources on Karst Phenomena

Written by Maja Kranjc, 1989


The paper deals with the written sources used by Valvasor in preparing the description and explanation of karst phenomena from his work Die Ehre dess Herzogthums Crain (1689). A list of about a hundred sources on the karst, from ancient to contemporary, is presented. These writings are roughly analyzed and compared to the leading literature on karst of that time. A revised selection of Valvasor’s references to karst is appendixed.