Photo: New Fault Found in Europe; May "Close Up" Adriatic Sea



A previously unknown active fault off the coast of Croatia is creating new additions to the Dalmatian Islands, according to a new study. The fault lies northwest of the southern town of Dubrovnik, seen above at sunrise with several of the islands in the distance.

Over millions of years the fault will cause Italy's "boot heel" to make contact with Croatia, researchers say, closing up the Adriatic Sea.

Photograph by Dario Mitidieri/Getty Images


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