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Temenica Sobrače.jpg
The upper course of the Temenica, at Sobrače
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ location
 ⁃ coordinates
45°47′39″N 15°07′27″E / 45.7942°N 15.1241°E / 45.7942; 15.1241Coordinates: 45°47′39″N 15°07′27″E / 45.7942°N 15.1241°E / 45.7942; 15.1241
Length27 km (17 mi) [1]
Basin size103 km2 (40 sq mi) [1]
Basin features
ProgressionKrkaSavaDanubeBlack Sea

The Temenica is a river in Slovenia. It is one of the most typical influent streams of Slovenia's karst terrain.[2]


The name Temenica comes from the archaic common noun *temenica 'spring' (cf. Polish dialect ciemienica 'spring', Czech temenec 'spring').[3]


The Temenica floodplain at Trebnje

The river goes under the surface twice. It originates in the southern part of the Sava Hills. It sinks for the first time near Dolenje Ponikve in several sinkholes.[4] It emerges again in the Mirna Peč Valley at Zijalo Spring. It runs above ground until a sinkhole near Goriška Vas, where it sinks for the second and last time. The third and last spring of the Temenica is located at Luknja pri Prečni. It flows through the Zalog Karst Field and it joins with the Krka River as its largest tributary.[5]

The Temenica's surface length is 27 kilometres (17 mi),[1] and its subterranean length is 1.75 kilometres (1.09 mi) measured in a straight line.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Rivers, longer than 25 km, and their catchment areas, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ "Reka Temenica, Ribiška družina Novo mesto". www.rdnovomesto.si (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  3. ^ Snoj, Marko (2009). Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan. p. 424.
  4. ^ "Temenica | Gore-ljudje". www.gore-ljudje.net. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  5. ^ Ašič, Zala (2008). Geografska zasnova zavarovanja reke Krke kot naravnega spomenika v Mestni občini Novo mesto [Geographical Design of the Krka River Cover as a Natural Monument in the Municipality of Novo Mesto] (PDF) (in Slovenian and English). Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. p. 24. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-22.
  6. ^ Glavan, Matjaž (2005). Vsebnost nitratnega iona (NO3) in amonijevega iona (NH4+) v reki Temenici [Nitrate Ion (NO3) and Ammonium Ion Content in the Temenica Rivera (NH4+) v reki Temenici] (PDF) (in Slovenian and English). Department of Agronomy, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana.