Mali i Thatë

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Mali i Thatë is a mountain in southeast Albania and a part of it being in southwest of Macedonia (known with the name Galičica and declared a National Park) with the highest altitude of 2287 meters. It borders Lake Prespa in the east, Lake Ohrid in northwest and overlooks the city of Pogradec to the west. It stretches 25 km from north to south and is 8 km wide in its central part. Mali i Thatë highest peak is Pllaja e Pusit (meaning "Well's plateau")and it reaches an altitude of 2,287 m (7,503 ft) above sea level. It is found within Albania, close to the Macedonian border and from this high peak, among several mountains of Albania, both Ohrid Lake and Prespa Lake can be seen, as well as the third highest peak in the Republic of Macedonia, Baba Mountain or Pelister Mountain (2601 m). The mountain has an anticlinal shape and is almost completely composed of mesozoic limestone formations.[1] Mali i Thatë has craggy slopes (especially the western face), whereas its crest is almost flat but full of carstic cavities.

A View from the crest of Mali i Thatë.
Looking towards south from the crest of Mali i Thatë (Dry Mountain) where Mount Gramos (Alb. Mali i Gramozit) can be seen from 65 km of aerial distance.

The vegetation is primarily made up of alpine meadows, whereas in the eastern face beech, oak and bush forests are found. Near the Albanian village of Goricë the soil is rich of iron bauxite and chalk minerals.[1] During the Albanian Revolt of 1911 Spiro Bellkameni's band defeated an Ottoman contingent in Mali i Thatë.

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  1. ^ a b "Fjalori Enciklopedik Shqiptar", by Akademia e Shkencave e RPSSH, Tiranë, 1985 page 664

Coordinates: 40°53′N 20°50′E / 40.883°N 20.833°E / 40.883; 20.833