Bločice Karst Field

The Bločice Karst Field (pronounced [ˈbloːtʃitsɛ]; Slovene: Bločiško polje) is a dry karst field in Inner Carniola.[1]

Geography

The Bločice Karst Field lies near the village of Bločice, east of the Cerknica Karst Field,[2] west of the village of Bloška Polica, and south of the Bloke Plateau.[2] Several karst springs are located on the east side of the karst field, and Cold Cave (Slovene: Mrzla jama) is located at the southern edge. Cold Cave is one of only three known habitats in Slovenia of the vulnerable freshwater snail Belgrandiella globulosa.[3] The catchment area of the karst field belongs to the Bloke Plateau.[4]

The Bločice Karst Field has a mosaic-like cultural landscape of alternating tilled fields and pastures, orchards, and isolated trees, with a clear forested margin. It has been registered as cultural heritage[2] and new construction in the karst field is prohibited.[5]

References

  1. Gams, Ivan. 1965. H kvartarni geomorfogenezi ozemlja med Postojnskim, Planinskim in Cerkniškim poljem . Geografski vestnik 37: 61–101, p. 82.
  2. Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine reference number ešd 22327
  3. Slapnik, R. 2010. Belgrandiella globulosa. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 March 2015.
  4. Kovačič, Gregor. 2010. An Attempt Towards an Assessment of the Cerknica Polje Water Balance / Poskus ocene vodne bilance Cerkniškega polja. Acta carsologica 39(1): 39–50, p. 40.
  5. Odlok o občinskem prostorskem načrtu Občine Cerknica Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Article 152. (in Slovene)

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