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The buildings of Venice are constructed on closely spaced wood piles, which were imported from the mainland. The wood is petrified as a result of the constant flow of mineral-rich water, so that it becomes a stone-like structure. The piles penetrate a softer layer of sand and mud until they reach the much harder layer of compressed clay. Most of the wood used here was cut in the most western part of today''s Slovenia, resulting in the barren land in a region today called Kras, and in two regions of Croatia, Lika and Gorski kotar (resulting in the barren slopes of Velebit).



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