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Rivers Crossing Georgia and Releasing Sediments into Black Sea – December 21st, 2009

42.3N 41.4E

December 21st, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Georgia - November 24th, 2009

Georgia - November 24th, 2009

Western Georgia’s landscape ranges from low-land marsh-forests, swamps, and temperate rain forests to eternal snows and glaciers. Here, rivers flowing down from the Caucasus Mountains cross the Colchis Plain and release brown sediments into the Black Sea.

Forests cover around 40% of Georgia’s territory while the alpine/subalpine zone accounts for roughly around 10% of the land. However, much of the natural habitat in the low-lying areas of Western Georgia has disappeared over the last 100 years due to the agricultural development of the land and urbanization.

The large majority of the forests that covered the Colchis Plain are now virtually non-existent with the exception of the regions that are included in the national parks and reserves. At present, the forest cover generally remains outside of the low-lying areas and is mainly located along the foothills and the mountains.

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