Darss-Zingst Bodden Chain
The Darss-Zingst Bodden Chain (German: Darß-Zingster Boddenkette) is a waterbody on the Baltic Sea coast northeast of Rostock in Germany. It consists of a string of several lagoons or bodden arranged in an east-west direction that are separated from the open sea by the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula. The surface area of these lagoons is 197 km² and the average water depth is only about two metres.
The individual lagoons of the Darss-Zingst Bodden Chain are the:
(listed from west to east; not mentioned here are several smaller stretches of interlinking water).
The salt content of the water rises from west to east, because only at the eastern end of the bodden chain is there a link to the Baltic Sea via the Gellenstrom stream and the small opening between Großer Werder and Kleiner Werder, where the waters are able to mix. There used to be other links to the sea like the Prerowstrom stream to the north (dammed after 1872) and the Permin and Loop by Fischland to the west (dammed in the 14th century). The rivers Recknitz and Barthe discharge into the Darss-Zingst Bodden Chain and, in all, it has catchment area of 1,578 km². On the south shore of the bodden chain lie the towns of Ribnitz-Damgarten and Barth.
The northern part of the Darss-Zingst Bodden Chain belongs to the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park.
- Ulf Karsten, Rhena Schumann, Kathrin Witte: Darß-Zingster Boddengewässer: Filter zwischen Land und See. Biologie in unserer Zeit 33(1), p. 46–55 (2003), ISSN 0045-205X
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