Biržai Regional Park

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Biržai Regional Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
BirzaiSinkhole.jpg
Sinkhole formed in 2004
Map showing the location of Biržai Regional Park
Map showing the location of Biržai Regional Park
Map of Lithuania
Location Panevėžys County, Lithuania
Nearest city Biržai
Coordinates 56°12′04″N 24°39′32″E / 56.201°N 24.659°E / 56.201; 24.659Coordinates: 56°12′04″N 24°39′32″E / 56.201°N 24.659°E / 56.201; 24.659[1]
Area 14,659 hectares (36,220 acres)
Established 1992

Biržai Regional Park covers 14,659 hectares (36,220 acres) in northern Lithuania near its border with Latvia. It was established in 1992 to preserve a distinctive karst landscape. About 20% of its area is covered by forest.

The park is notable for its sinkholes, created by the dissolution of the gypsum underlying its soil. About 9,000 sinkholes have been identified; the most notable is the Karves uola (Cow's Cave), which is about 20 meters deep.[2] In 1998 the use of pesticides and fertilizers in the area was restricted.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Birzu regioninis parkas State Park". protectedplanet.net. 
  2. ^ "PROJECT ENVIRONMENT". European Commission. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 

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