Ponikve, Cerknica

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Ponikve is located in Slovenia
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°49′0.74″N 14°26′21.53″E / 45.8168722°N 14.4393139°E / 45.8168722; 14.4393139Coordinates: 45°49′0.74″N 14°26′21.53″E / 45.8168722°N 14.4393139°E / 45.8168722; 14.4393139
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Inner Carniola
Statistical region Littoral–Inner Carniola
Municipality Cerknica
 • Total 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Elevation 656.4 m (2,153.5 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 28

Ponikve (pronounced [pɔˈniːkʋɛ]) is a small settlement to the east of Begunje in the Municipality of Cerknica in the Inner Carniola region of Slovenia.[2]


The name Ponikve is a plural form derived from the word ponikva 'influent stream' or 'sinkhole' (into which such a stream disappears). In its plural form it refers to a gently rolling landscape consisting of the basins of an influent stream. Like other villages named Ponikve and similar names (e.g., Ponikva), it refers to a local landscape element.[3]


  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Cerknica municipal site
  3. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 322.

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