Floating Islands of Vlasina Lake [Photo of the Day #412]

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There are two permanent islands on the Vlasina Lake, along its eastern coast: Dugi del (7.84 hectares or 19.4 acres) and Stratorija (1.82 hectares or 4.5 acres).

Along with those islands, one of the lake's most famous features are the floating islands. They didn't exist in the former peat bog and began appearing after 1948 when the lake was created. They are formed when at high water level, loose chunks of peat 0.5 to 2 metres (1ft 8in to 6ft 7in) thick break off the shore. There are up to 30 floating islands at the time. Driven by the wind, they float from one shore of the lake to another, carrying the flora and fauna, and serving as shelter and a food source for fish. For that reason, they are an attractive target for fishermen, however it is forbidden to visit them or disturb them because of the unique animal and plant ecosystems, though walking on them is practically impossible since they don't have solid ground

Source: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlasina_Lake

Vlasina Lake, Serbia

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