A 100 million or so years ago, the African plate crashed into Europe -- at the reckless speed of nearly a 1/2 inch per year. This helped cause the rise of the Dinaric Alps mountain range that defines the Adriatic side of the Balkan peninsula. Since then spectacular scenery has been dripping into place as acidic water dissolves soft limestone. The erosion is not always confined to the surface and frequently forms subterranean caves.

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