Caves are geological phenomena as well as valuable archives of nature and human history. They represent unique subsurface landscapes and special ecosystems.
Karst is a type of landscape, where enhanced rock solubility creates caves and subsurface drainage networks. Karst areas are very important in Austria. They cover some 20 % of the nations area and nearly half of the population is supplied with drinking water from karstic catchments.
Exploration and protection of caves and karst areas are therefore an important scientific and economic task. The working group on Karst and Caves deals with these aspects and communicates this knowledge via publications and exhibitions.
Address (not in the main building!):
Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1/10, 1070 Vienna, Austria
phone: +43 (1) 523 04 18
fax: +43 (1) 523 04 18 - 19
The easiest access is via Mariahilferstraße 2, next to U2-subwaystation "Museumsquartier".