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The Výpustek Cave
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THE MORAVIAN KARST

is the largest and most important karst region in the Czech Republic. It is situated north of Brno as a part of the Drahanská Highlands with an area of 94 km2 of Devonian limestones (width 3–5 km, length 25 km). Due to its hydrographic conditions, it is divided into the northern segment – the Punkva River System, the middle segment – the Křtinský and Jedovnický Brook System and the southern segment – the Říčka River System.
 

THE VÝPUSTEK CAVE

  • is situated in the central part of the Moravian Karst in the upper section of the Křtiny Valley not far from the village of Křtiny in the Moravian Karst nature reserve
  • it forms two subterranean levels of the ancient ponor system of the Křtinský Brook
  • it is a significant paleontological locality, one of the few European sites where complete skeletons of early Quaternary (Pleistocene) fauna can be found
  • the total length of all the spaces known today is ca. 1,300 m with denivelation of 55 m
  • in the period of speleological explorations in the 18th century it was considered the largest cave in Moravia
  • during the 20th century it was intensively used for exploitation of phosphate clay, as an army depot, German armament factory, and secret command post of the Czechoslovak People's Army; in spite of that some parts were preserved in the natural state
  • both its nature and history are represented during the 550 m long sightseeing tour; the cave tour takes 60 minutes
  • air temperature: 7–9°C, relative humidity: ca. 95%
 
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