Blue Lake (Croatia)

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Blue Lake
Plavo jezero Imotski 2.JPG
Location of Blue Lake in Croatia.
Location of Blue Lake in Croatia.
Blue Lake
Coordinates43°27′1″N 17°12′38″E / 43.45028°N 17.21056°E / 43.45028; 17.21056Coordinates: 43°27′1″N 17°12′38″E / 43.45028°N 17.21056°E / 43.45028; 17.21056
Native namePlavo Jezero  (Croatian)
Basin countriesCroatia

Blue Lake (Croatian: Modro jezero or Plavo jezero) is a karst lake located near Imotski in southern Croatia. Like the nearby Red Lake, it lies in a deep sinkhole possibly formed by the collapse of an enormous cave.[1] The total depth from the upper rim is around 220 metres (720 ft), while water depth varies with season. In spring, when the snow from surrounding mountains melts, it can reach 90 m (300 ft), and in 1914 it reached 114 m (374 ft), overflowing the southern rim. The lake is a popular destination for hiking and sight-seeing.[2]

Maximum dimensions of the lake are around 800 m × 500 m (2,600 ft × 1,600 ft), but they significantly vary due to big changes in the water level.[3] At the end of the summer the lake may completely disappear.[3]

In 1907 a road was built descending to the lake. In 1942, an earthquake caused a large landfall resulting in reduction of the lake's depth.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Modro Jezero - Blue Lake by Wondermondo
  2. ^ Modro jezero
  3. ^ a b "The Colourful Lakes of Imotski and the World's Most Unusual Football Pitch". February 18, 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2017.

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