Tuesday, January 29, 2013

PLITVICE LAKES, CROATIA



The Plitvice Lakes National Park is found in the mountainous region of Lika, between Zagreb and Zadar. The lake is surrounded by three mountains; Dinaric Alps, Plejesvica Mountain and Mala Kapela Mountain. 16 lakes are separated by the mountains into upper and lower clusters and the lakes are interconnected by a series of waterfalls. The lakes range in colour from azure to green, blue or grey. They formed from the erosion of chalk sedimentation, forming a karst landscape.

There is an altitude difference between the mountains; the highest point is at 1,280m and the lowest at 380m. The total height difference between the lakes is 135m; Veliki Slap, the largest waterfall, is 70m tall.

The Park was founded in 1949 and was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. It covers a total area of 300 square kilometres; the lakes join together over a distance of 8 km. It is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe.


http://www.visit-croatia.co.uk/plitvicelakes/;http://croatia.hr/en-GB/Discover-Croatia/Nature?gclid=CKTu4LyagrICFbBUpgodIVsAjw
Photo: http://www.lets-go.com.hr/wp-content/gallery/plitvicka-jezera/plitvice1.jpg



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