Blue Eye, Albania

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Syri i Kaltër
Blue Eye Albania 2016 Syri i kalter.jpg
View of the Blue Eye
A map showing the location of the Blue Eye
A map showing the location of the Blue Eye
Location Vlorë County
Nearest city Delvinë, Sarandë
Area 1.8[1] km2 (0.69 sq mi)
Designation Natural Monument
Established 1996
Governing body Ministry of Environment

The Blue Eye (Albanian: Syri i Kaltër, Greek: Γαλάζιο Μάτι) is a water spring and natural phenomenon occurring near Muzinë in Vlorë County, southern Albania. A popular tourist attraction, the clear blue water of the river bubbles forth from a stunning, more than fifty-metre-deep pool. Divers have descended to fifty metres, but it is still unclear what the actual depth of the karst hole is.[2]

This is the initial water source of Bistricë river , 25 km long, which ends in the Ionian Sea south of Sarandë.[3]

The source stands at an altitude of 152 m and has a discharge rate of 18400 l/s.[4]

The immediate area 1.8 km2 (0.69 sq mi) is a Nature Monument and is characterized by oak and sycamore trees.[5] In summer 2004, the source was temporarily dried up.

A view of the spring
Panoramic view
Blue Waters of the spring

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Syri I Kalter in Albania". protectedplanet.net. 
  2. ^ Gillian Gloyer (2008). Albania: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-1-84162-246-0. 
  3. ^ Tom Masters (2007). Eastern Europe. Lonely Planet. pp. 67–. ISBN 978-1-74104-476-8. 
  4. ^ Andrzej J. Witkowski; Andrzej Kowalczyk; Jaroslav Vrba (August 24, 2007). Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping: IAH-Selected Papers. IAH - Selected Papers on Hydrogeology. 11. Taylor & Francis. p. 203. ISBN 978-0415445610. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  5. ^ "PËRSHKRIMI I RRJETIT AKTUAL TË ZONAVE TË MBROJTURA" (PDF). mjedisi.gov.al (in Albanian). p. 15. 

Coordinates: 39°55′25″N 20°11′34″E / 39.923611°N 20.192778°E / 39.923611; 20.192778