Lačný A., Dušeková L., Hók J., Galová M., Halama J. & Demovič I., 2022: Dolines of the Dobrá Voda Karst linked with brittle tectonic structures (Malé Karpaty Mts.). Acta Geologica Slovaca, 14, 1, 1–14.

Dolines of the Dobrá Voda Karst linked with brittle tectonic structures (Malé Karpaty Mts.)

Alexander Lačný1,2, Laura Dušeková3,4, Jozef Hók2, Michaela Galová1, Juraj Halama5 & Ivan Demovič6

1State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Little Carpathians Protected Landscape Area, Štúrova 115, 900 01, Modra, Slovakia;,
2Department of Geology and Paleontology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, Ilkovičova 6, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia;,
3State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Caves Administration, Hodžova 11, 031 01 Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia;
4Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Geographical Information Systems, Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies, Technical University Košice, Park Komenského 19, 04001 Košice, Slovakia;
5Speleoklub Trnava, Ovocná 2839/1, 917 08 Trnava;
6Cave group Inovec, Andreja Hlinku 38, 921 01 Piešťany;


This research is focused on the dolines of Dobrá Voda Karst, which is situated in the Brezovské Karpaty Mts. (north-eastern part of the Malé Karpaty Mts) near the villages of Chtelnica and Dobrá Voda. 263 dolines were identified here and measured in the field, which is presumably the final count. The measured parameters of the dolines were used for morphometric analyses, as well as for finding out the relationships with the geology of the area. The karst is formed in Triassic carbonates of the Považie and Dobrá Voda nappes of the Hronic Unit. Dolines were identified in Neogene basal carbonatic conglomerates (Dobrá Voda Formation) as well. The area of karst rocks is approximately 87.2 km2. Dolines often tend to be formed in lines with tectonical or lithological predisposition. The most significant lines in the Dobrá Voda Karst are Hlboký Dol, Chtelnické Uhliská, and Cínovec. The origin of dolines can be assumed to the Quaternary Period and related to neotectonics, the development of the relief, and the formation of the river network. This is also confirmed by the trends of the maximum axes of the extension of dolines in the direction N-S, NE-SW and WNW-ESE, which partially correspond to the regional faults. New faults (Hlboký Dol, Cínovec, Bzová) were also identified on the basis of dolines in the lines.

Key words: Western Carpathians, Brezovské Karpaty Mts., Hronic Nappe, karst, morphometric analyses, neotectonics

Manuscript received: 2021-12-08

Revised version accepted: 2022-02-07

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