The Geopark, Landscape as Seabed


Fact: Exploring the Karawanken Mountains I can find the remains of sea urchins, sea snails, see lilies and even the bones of large marine reptiles that are extinct.

Most of the surface of today´s Geopark Karawanken is built of sedimentary rocks that were formed millions of years ago at the bottom of a vast ocean. When the Adriatic and European tectonic plates collided, the forces were so enormous that we can barely imagine them today. They raised the rock mass from the seabed, pushing it up so high that it became what is today one of the longest mountain ranges in the world – the Alps.

The most important proof of the collision of these two plates is the Periadriatic Fault System. Several hundred kilometres long it runs through the Geopark Karawanken deep within the bowels of the Earth. A deep geological fault system between Europe and what used to be part of Africa.

Nature and rocks that hide remnants of the past reflect the turbulent history of what used to be the Tethys Ocean when it was teeming with life.

Geopark Karawanken/Karavanke – an amazing cross-border discovery

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