Karavanke/Karawanken Geopark

The Karavanke / Karawanken Global Geopark is named after the Alpine mountain chain which forms the border between Slovenia and Austria. It is marked by ongoing mountain building as proven by recent seismic activity. The tectonic, geological heritage of the Geopark is exceptional. The Alpine mountain building events are linked to the collision between the African and European continents and form a variety of metamorphic rocks. The geological history of the site goes back some 500 million years and has left a rich mining heritage, notably from the extraction of iron and coal. Mines, where different kinds of ore were exploited in the past, have been equipped for tourism and attract many visitors.