Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Curonian Spit - Russia

This is another new unesco card, this time from Russia. It was sent by Stef. He sent me an official card and in his profile he said he had Curonian Spit cards, one of my missing sites from Russian. I've sent him a message saying i would like to trade. This is a Unesco site shared my Lithuania and Russia. I already had 2 cards from Lithuania and the card from the russian side arrived yesterday.

"The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and its northern within southwestern Lithuania.

The Curonian Spit is home to the highest moving (drifting) sand dunes in Europe. Their average height is 35 meters, but some attain the height of 60 meters. Several ecological communities are present on and near the Spit, from its outer beaches to dune ridges, wetlands, meadows, and forests. Its location on the East Atlantic Flyway means it is frequently visited by migratory waterfowl. Between 10 and 20 million birds fly over the feature during spring and fall migrations, and many pause to rest or breed there.
The largest town on the spit is Nida in Lithuania, a popular holiday resort, mostly frequented by Lithuanian and German tourists. The northern shoreline of Curonian Spit is the site of beaches for tourists. Both the Russian and Lithuanian parts of the spit are national parks." - in: wikipedia

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