Grüner See (Styria)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Grüner See
GrünerSeeAgainstMeßnerin.jpg
Grüner See (Green Lake) against Meßnerin in May 2007
Location Tragöß, Styria, Austria
Coordinates 47°32′30″N 15°3′21″E / 47.54167°N 15.05583°E / 47.54167; 15.05583
Basin countries Austria
Max. depth up to 12 m

Grüner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, Austria near the town of Tragöß. The lake is surrounded by the Hochschwab mountains and forests.[1] The name "Green Lake" originated because of its emerald-green water.[1] The clean and clear water comes from the snowmelt from the karst mountains and has a temperature of 6–7 °C (43–45 °F).[1] During the winter, the lake is only 1–2 m deep and the surrounding area is used as a county park.[2] However, during the spring, when the temperature rises and the snow melts, the basin of land below the mountains fills with water.[2] The lake reaches its maximum depth of around 12 m from mid-May to June and is claimed to look the most beautiful at this time.[1] In July, the water begins to recede.[2]

The lake supports a variety of fauna such as snails, water fleas (Daphnia pulex), small crabs, fly larvae, and different species of trout (Salmo).[1] The flora is not abundant because of the rocky bottom of the lake.[1] Furthermore, the lake’s depth is variable since its inflow comes from snowmelt.[1]

The lake is popular among divers who can observe the green meadows in the edge zone of the lake particularly in June when the water is at its highest.[1][2] A bridge and a bench can also be found underwater.[1]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nicola Rampazzo; Franz Ottner; Franz Zehetner; Axel Mentler; Winfried E.H. Blum (2008). "Altitudinal Soil Sequence In The Austrian Northern Calcareous Alps" (PDF). Eurosoil. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d Daily Mail Reporter (5 October 2010). "Rest your weary sea legs: Divers explore pristine alpine park that turns into a lake for half the year". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 10 May 2011. 

External links[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Bretschko G (1966). "Der Grüne See bei Tragöß, Steiermark. Ein Beitrag zur Karstlimnologie". Internationale Revue der gesamten Hydrobiologie und Hydrographie (in German) 51 (5): 699–726.