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  28.11.2019, 07:36h

Return to the geological past: the birth of the Krka River


After presenting hiking trails and lookout points last winter, this year we begin presenting the rich natural heritage of the Krka National Park.

Given the variety of habitats and high level of biodiversity, a start had to be made somewhere, so we decided to start – from the very beginning. Although the Krka River and its landscape seem eternal, the birth of the river and the formation of karst, the creation of the plateau, the cutting of the canyons, and the construction of the travertine barriers lasted for eons, leaving traces today from which the geological past of the area can be read.

This is exactly the subject to be discussed in the coming weeks, during which, in the first cycle, some of the invisible processes that formed the landscapes we now admire will be briefly presented through a dozen texts. We will mention the source of the river, the mountains on the horizon, the beneficial climate, the tributaries that feed the Krka... in short, what would be found in a geography textbook under the scientific term "relief", but what we feel in our soul as our spiritual home, the sight of which we admire daily.

In the second cycle, we will try to convey to you everything we know about the fundamental phenomenon of the Krka National Park – travertine. Although the travertine waterfalls of the Krka River seem eternal because of their magnificence, travertine formation, or anchoring, is a constant and dynamic process of the interaction of physical and chemical factors and living organisms in water. The formation and development of travertine barriers shaped the present-day appearance of the river bed and the characteristics of the living world of the Krka. Hence our desire is to introduce you to factors involved in the creation of travertine, so that you can better understand and appreciate all the diversity of of the floral and fauna.

In short, the beauty that people from all over the world come to see today has been formed by nature for millions of years, and we will attempt to dig into the layers of rock to show you our common past in an interesting and educational way.