The Geopark, The Periadriatic Fault System

HOW MANY STEPS IS IT FROM BAD EISENKAPPEL TO AFRICA?

Two hundred million years ago when the first dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the continents looked quite different indeed. A small part of what was then the African continental Plate, the Adriatic Plate, broke away and has been drifting northwards and pushing against the European Plate ever since. Over time, this caused folds in the Earth’s crust which led to the formation of giant mountains: the Alps. And the Karawanken Mountain of course.

Border between two plates is called the Periadriatic Fault System and it runs right through the Geopark Karawanken. Which is why the northern peaks belong to the Northern Alps. However, the Southern Alps, for example, the Hochstuhl and the Koschuta, are on the Adriatic Plate. Whoever would have thought the border between Austria and Slovenia is so close to the border of Europe and Africa.

Massive forces, volcanic activity and the combination of the giant tectonic plates produce highly diverse geological structures and thus form the foundations for this impressive natural playground.

Geopark Karawanken/Karavanke – an amazing cross-border discovery

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