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by Jeff Matthews

The Bussento Caves at the town of Morigerati are a series of karst caves and passages along the Bussento river in the southern part of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park in the province of Salerno. After Morigerati the river then flows south into the gulf of Policastro about 7 km away near the town of Policastro Bussentino. The WWF Bussento Caves Oasis in Morigerati is 600 hectares (1500 acres) in area. The Bussento river, itself, is 37 km long with a hydrographic basin of 352 km² (136 mi2). It starts at 900 meters a.s.l., about halfway up the slopes of Mt. Cervati, the highest mountain in Cilento (and second highest in all of Campania). The river starts at the spring of Varco di Peta in the town of Sanza, flows for 20 km into the artificial (from having dammed the Bussento) Lake Sabetta, picks up flow again and near Caselle in Pittari at a point 233 meters a.s.l. drops into a large swallow hole* (Inghiottitoio) and passes beneath Mt. Panello, remerging after 7 km at...

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