Each stair the Reka river steps deeper into the Škocjan Caves

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    Ranking among the most important caves in the world, the Škocjan Caves represent the most significant underground phenomena in both the Karst region and Slovenia. Due to their exceptional significance, the Škocjan Caves were entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986. International scientific circles have thus acknowledged the importance of the Caves as one of the natural treasures of planet Earth. From time immemorial, people have been attracted to the gorge where the Reka River disappears underground as well as the mysterious cave entrances. The Reka River sinks under a rocky wall; on the top of it lies the village of Škocjan after which the Caves are named. Archaeological research has shown that people lived in the caves and the surrounding area in prehistoric times – from the Mesolithic, the Neolithic, the Bronze and Iron Ages through Antiquity and the Middle Ages to the present; altogether for more than 5,000 years. The Škocjan Caves have a highly multi-branched system of cave passages totalling 6.2 kilometres. The Caves have 11 speleological structures that are interconnected by means of the Reka River or collapse dolines. The shifting of the sinkholes in contact with the underground caves caused the formation of numerous collapsed dolines. The sinkhole fascinate every visitor with their depth of 163 meters as well as great floral and faunal diversity. The best view of both sinkholes, with their natural bridge and the cave that separate them, is from Miklov skedenj, named after the local explorer Franc Cerkvenik.

    In Slovenia we visit the amazing Škocjan Caves. The river Reka flows down three large stairs here, making three waterfalls, each one taller than the previous. At the bottom of the Velika dolina is a small lake and its last waterfall from where the Reka River plunging in the amazing deep underground canyon of the Skocjan Caves. It will emerge again after 38km in italian grounds with the name of Timavo river flowing after 2km into the Adriatic sea. Rare cave fauna are preserved in the underground system of the Reka River. The cave was formed by the disappearing Reka River that gathers most of its waters on the impermeable flysch rock. Following heavy rains, the Reka River floods in the cave, usually reaching levels up to 30 metres; the highest recorded rise in the water level was 132 metres. Falling water in the Karst sinks and drains underground through fissures. The caves are formed in this way; on the surface this occurs in different karst depressions of various sizes. The most frequent karst depressions are sinkholes. Photo taken at 1/6s, F2.8 and ISO400. No tripod used used, I use a rock to keep my camera steady.

    De Grotten van Skocjan, Skocjanske jame, liggen in het zuidwesten van Slovenië niet ver van Postojna. Het druipsteengrottenstelsel van Skocjan is ca. 6 km lang en ligt langs rivier de Reka, die hier op een diepte van 200 m door de Grotten van Skocjan stroomt. Rivier de Reka stroomt over een lengte van 38 km ondergronds door meerdere grotten in het Sloveens karstgebied. De Grotten van Skocjan vormen de grootste ondergrondse canyon ter wereld. Vanaf het bezoekerscentrum maakt men onder leiding van een gids een wandeling naar de ingang van de Grotten van Skocjan. Warme kleding en wandelschoenen zijn nodig voor de ondergrondse tocht van zo'n 2 tot 3 uur langs o.a. de Stille Grot en de Grote Zaal. In de Müllerzaal stort de Reka zich van verschillende hoogtes met woest geraas naar beneden, men loopt over een in de wand van de grot uitgehakt smal pad, over een 50 m boven de woest stromende Reka gelegen bruggetje, langs donderende watervallen en door de Martel's Chamber, de grootste grot ter wereld. De bezoeker wordt gefascineerd door de diepte van een zinkgat van maar liefst 163 meter. De Rimstone Pools' Hall is een grot met druipsteenformaties in de vorm van elfenbankjes. Men kan niet anders dan deze meesterstukken van de natuur bewonderen. Eenmaal buiten ziet men de Reka met donderend geraas de Grotten van Skocjan uitstromen. In de Grotten van Skocjan is fotograferen niet toegestaan. Maar ja dat heb ik maling aan natuurlijk. De Grotten van Skocjan werden in 1986 Werelderfgoed en staan ingeschreven op de Werelderfgoedlijst van UNESCO als: Skocjan Caves.

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    1. Andrew's Images 2011 [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

      Fine Image of Rock Erosion - Great Colours & Textures!


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    2. agedsenator 32 months ago | reply

      You are a master among masters !
      Seen this sublime image at :
       Richard's Top Gallery

    3. ticinoinfoto 32 months ago | reply

      Your beautiful and artistic work was seen in:
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    4. ef@ 32 months ago | reply

      WoW!
      amazing pleace:-)
      hugss Ben!

    5. Gala Timchenko 32 months ago | reply

      Wonderful place! Beautiful shot! And as always It is very interesting to read info!

    6. Francisco Aragão 32 months ago | reply

      Wonderful place !!

    7. Mega-Magpie 32 months ago | reply

      Very excellent capture, well done!

    8. Jan Herremans 32 months ago | reply

      mooi licht en compositie

      interessant verhaal Ben

    9. Leo Patrizi 32 months ago | reply

      Wow, what a beautiful place!!

    10. 1D110 32 months ago | reply

      époustouflent

    11. Fereshte Faustini 32 months ago | reply

      very lovely photo.

      Seen in the Breathtaking eye-catcher group.

    12. kissoflif3 32 months ago | reply

      This is absolutely beautiful!

    13. freemysoul 31 months ago | reply

      wat een gaaf doorkijkje hier!

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    14. Epidemiac [deleted] 31 months ago | reply

      unbelievably beautiful.

    15. Time-Freeze 4 months ago | reply

      moooi heel mooi

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