Blue Eye, Albania

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Blue Eye
Syri i Kaltër
Blue Eye Albania 2016 Syri i kalter.jpg
View of the Blue Eye
Map showing the location of Blue Eye
Map showing the location of Blue Eye
A map showing the location of the Blue Eye
LocationMuzinë, Finiq, Vlorë County
Nearest cityDelvinë, Sarandë
Area1.8[1][2]
DesignationNatural Monument
Designated1996
Governing bodyMinistry of Environment

The "Blue Eye" (Albanian: Syri i Kaltër) is a water spring and natural phenomenon occurring near the village of Muzinë in Finiq municipality, southern Albania.[3] A popular tourist attraction, the clear blue water of the river can be seen from a depth of more than fifty metres. Divers have descended to fifty metres, but it is still unclear what the actual depth of the karst hole is.[4]

This phenomenon is also known as 'springs of Bistricë' as it is the initial water source of Bistricë river, 25 km long, which ends in the Ionian Sea south of Sarandë.[5] The source stands at an altitude of 152 m and has a discharge rate of 18400 l/s.[6]

The immediate area 1.8 km2 (0.69 sq mi) is a Nature Monument and is characterized by oak and sycamore trees.[7] In summer 2004, the source was temporarily dried up.

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

In the summer of 2017 part of the location was burnt by wildfire.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Syri I Kalter in Albania". protectedplanet.net.
  2. ^ "Vlerësimi Strategjik Mjedisor për Planin e Integruar Ndersektorial te Bregdetit" (PDF). planifikimi.gov.al (in Albanian). p. 44. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-10-28. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  3. ^ "The Blue Eye of Albania". Into Albania. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  4. ^ Gillian Gloyer (2008). Albania: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-1-84162-246-0.
  5. ^ Tom Masters (2007). Eastern Europe. Lonely Planet. pp. 67–. ISBN 978-1-74104-476-8.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "PËRSHKRIMI I RRJETIT AKTUAL TË ZONAVE TË MBROJTURA" (PDF). mjedisi.gov.al (in Albanian). p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-29. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  8. ^ "Αλβανία: Σε πύρινο κλοιό χωριά της ελληνικής μειονότητας [Albania: Villages of the Greek minority in danger". Capital.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 18 February 2021.

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