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Some of the Oldest Geological Formations of Europe – The Gorges of Dobrogea © noraphotos.com
The Dobrogean Plateau is a region situated in the south of the Danube delta, southeastern Romania. Despite its remarkable flora and fauna diversities, it is less known and protected. These habitats are also characterized by the occurrence of numerous nationally and globally threatened species.
The canyon, with a length of 10 km, is bordered by cylindrical limestone cliffs, towers, columns and pyramids. The reserve includes lime stones and remains of atolls (which explains the form of the walls), from the second period of the Mesozoic.
The site is important not only by its geo-morphological, paleontological, botanical features but also by its fauna. Species of reptiles, birds and bats are well represented here. On the site there are two important caves from a spelaean and paleontological point of view.
’The Adam Cave’ and ‘The Bat Cave’ – important paleontological and archaeological discoveries rank these places among the most important in Europe.
An impressive number of Quaternary mammal species were determined, 80 species of Jurassic fossils were studied and also a Homo sapiens molar fossil was found here. The caves house many species of bats, including Pipistrellus natusii, found only here.
Gorges of Dobrogea were declared reserve and the climbing is prohibited in the area.