Erenik in Gjakova
|Origin||Đeravica peak, Prokletije mountains, Kosovo[a]|
|Mouth||White Drin, east of Gjakova, Kosovo|
|Basin area||516 km²|
The Erenik originates near the Albanian border, in the northern slopes of the Junik mountain, a part of the Prokletije massif, under the Đeravica peak (2,656 m or 8,714 ft), the highest in Kosovo. Its origin is the Đeravica Lake just under Đeravica peak. The river flows to the south and south-east and follows the eastern edge of the Prokletije mountains, dividing them from the Western region.
Before it reaches the town of Gjakova, there is a string of settlements on the river, as the area is densely populated: the villages of Jasiċ, Nivokaz and Ponoševac, the small town of Junik and the village and mine of Babaj Boks. It receives many streams from the right, coming down from the Prokletije (most notably, Šlepica and Rečica), but the Erenik's major tributaries are from its Western side (Trava, Loćanska Bistrica).
After Gjakova, the Erenik flows next to the villages of Rača and Bistražin, emptying soon into the White Drin near the village and hill of Gradište. In the hill, the river formed a galleric epigene feature called Švanjski most. The river valley in this final section serves as a part of the route of the Peć-Gjakova-Prizren road.
Notes and references
- Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.
- Mala Prosvetina Enciklopedija, Third edition (1985); Prosveta; ISBN 86-07-00001-2
- Jovan Đ. Marković (1990): Enciklopedijski geografski leksikon Jugoslavije; Svjetlost-Sarajevo; ISBN 86-01-02651-6
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