The seven wonders of the world are breathtaking in their beauty, but there is an island that is no less The island of Bavljenac (or Baljenac), that is about half a square mile in its entirety, looks like a huge fingerprint when watched from far above. Bavljenac is located in the Adriatic Sea. You can find it touching the coast of Croatia on the Sibenik archipelago.
How did Bavljenac reach this shape?
It acquired its print-like shape and structure due to long rows of concentric stones that are similar to papillary lines.
These stone rows are actually borders, called suhozid in Croatian, to protect crops from harsh weather and strong wind. These agricultural borders are 14-mile-long and are very intricately designed like a web or a maze. Obviously a man-built wonder, this stone labyrinth was built by the inhabitants of the Kaprije island, which is nearby, to use the rocky land for cultivation. People have vineyards and fig groves among other plants growing here. Surprisingly, they built it without using any mortar or cement.
Bavljenac itself remains uninhabited and is only used for cultivation.
Are these any other places that look like fingerprints?
The stone labyrinth technique can be observed in many different countries like Scotland, Ireland and England. However this particular Island retains a separate visual aesthetic. Given its oval shape and perfect concentric textures, its resemblance to a fingerprint is uncanny. Due to this peculiar feature found nowhere else, the Croatian government has requested UNESCO to include Bavljenac in its list of world heritage.
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