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Vlasina and Zavoj Lakes in Balkan and Rhodope Mountains, Serbia

42.7N 22.3E

December 28th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Serbia - December 21st, 2010

This orthorectified image focuses on Vlasina Lake, a semi-artificial lake in southeast Serbia. Lying at an altitude of 1211 m, with an area of 16 km², it is the highest and largest artificial lake in Serbia.

It was created between 1947 and 1951, when the peat bog called Vlasinsko blato (Vlasina mud) was closed by a dam and submerged by waters of incoming rivers, chiefly the Vlasina.

In the full image, another body of water, Zavoj Lake, can be seen to the north. This longer, thinner lake is an artificial reservoir in eastern Serbia, on the Visočica River. It was created in 1963 after a major landslide which dammed the river. The natural dam was later replaced with the Zavoj hydroelectric dam.

Both lakes are situated near Serbia’s border with Bulgaria and are surrounded by mountains. Vlasina Lake is located in the Rhodope Mountains and Zavoj Lake in the Balkan Mountains, although both lakes are situated near where the two ranges meet.

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