Mysterious creature of the Semič underworld
Jalžić’s Congeria cave shell
The Bela krajina karst area in the south-eastern part of Slovenia, at the junction between the high Dinaric karst and the Bela krajina karst plain, was formed over the course of 200 million years. This area, with several endemic cave species, contributes significantly to the underground biodiversity of Slovenia, which is one of the richest countries in the world in this respect. The groundwater has dug numerous channels, crevices, and caves in the limestone, where life has developed independently of the sunlit surface, making Slovenia one of the areas with the greatest underground biodiversity in the world. The vast majority of underground species are endemic, meaning they live only in a certain area of the world.
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