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Atlas Obscura Soteska Pekel (Hell Gorge)

The last thing you’d expect to see in a place named Hell are waterfalls, right? Well, Soteska Pekel (“Hell Gorge”) in Slovenia has five of them and is famous among the locals as a wonderful place to swim and relax during the summer.

The gorge was created as a result of the sinking of the Ljubljana Marshes, which span 163 square kilometers south of the Slovenian capital city. Its steep dolomite walls show alternating bands of dark and light rock, which geologists have used to learn about the ancient history of this region.

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