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Kursiu Nerija


Kursiu Nerija
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Copyright: Rimantas Kisielius (rimas) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 15] (1192)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel 300D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-27 7:12
Viewed: 1455
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kursiu Nerija (Curonian Spit) National Park (18.000 ha) was set up in 1991. It is situated between the Baltic Sea and the Kursiu Marios (Curonian Lagoon). Unique and very delicate nature needs strong regulation of economic activities and that of visitors’ flow.

Kursiu Nerija is formed of sand grains, which started their long and complicated way from the Semba peninsula 5-6 thousand years ago. Sand grains accumulated in the sandbank, at first under the water, then they formed a white-colored embankment above it. The length of the spit is 97 km, its breadth fluctuates from 400 m to 3.8 km.

On the west side of the spit, bordering the Baltic Sea, a narrow and low protective dune has been created. Behind it a forested plain stretches, and beyond it one can see a crest of great dunes; it is situated near the Kursiu Marios. The great dunes stretch for about 70 km. Their breadth is approximately 700-800 m and they are 60 m high, forming bays and capes on the side of the Kursiu Marios. The great dunes are real gems of the spit landscape.
The moving sandy surface of the spit was reinforced by forests, but due to the wars and anthropogenic activities most of them were destroyed. The wind drifted free sand, and from the 16th to the 19th centuries 14 fishermen’s villages were buried under it.

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  • Tezza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 97 N: 368] (3380)
  • [2008-10-09 15:36]

I was trawling through the archives and found this attractive shot and felt I should pass on my compliments. The low angled sun on the grass and dunes creates a nice touch. The soft, natural colours add to a peaceful feeling. The notes are very interesting.

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