Deliblatska Peščara

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Deliblato Sands
Делиблатска пешчара
Deliblatska peščara
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Deliblato Sands
Highest point
Elevation 250 m (820 ft)
Coordinates 44°53′01″N 21°05′33″E / 44.88361°N 21.09250°E / 44.88361; 21.09250Coordinates: 44°53′01″N 21°05′33″E / 44.88361°N 21.09250°E / 44.88361; 21.09250
Geography
Deliblato SandsДелиблатска пешчараDeliblatska peščara is located in Serbia
Deliblato SandsДелиблатска пешчараDeliblatska peščara
Deliblato Sands
Делиблатска пешчара
Deliblatska peščara

Deliblato Sands (Serbian: Делиблатска пешчара/Deliblatska peščara) is a large sand area covering around 300 km² of ground in Vojvodina province, Serbia. It is located in southern Banat, situated between the river Danube and the southwestern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. The sands are named after the village of Deliblato, in the municipality of Kovin. Its main masses are elliptical shaped hills with steppe grassland plains and steppe forests.

The Deliblato Sands is the largest sandy terrain in Europe, once part of a vast prehistoric desert, having originated from the withdrawal of the Pannonian Sea. They are home to many endemic species of plants and animals which are rare or endangered in Europe and globally. Due to its forest and surroundings, it was declared a Special Nature Reserve. On a national level, it represents a natural asset of special importance falling under protection category I.

Wildlife of Deliblato sands[edit]

The Deliblato Sands is rich in floral diversity, it is home to 900 different species of plants which many are considered by international standards rare or endemic to the Pannonian Basin. Regions of similar terrain across Europe have been cultivated, forested or otherwise altered, while Deliblato Sands has largely remained untouched. Some of the endangered and endemic species of flora include the Banat peony, steppe peony, Pančić wormwood, bulrush and dwarf-steppe almond. Twenty different species of Orchidaceae grow in this area. Rare fauna include the mole rat, steppe skunk, desert ant and steppe gerbil. The main source of food for some endangered birds of prey, such as the saker falcon, eastern imperial eagle and lesser spotted eagle, are ground squirrels that live in large open grass fields; hence such areas are necessary for their survival. Other noted animals are the wolf, deer, roe deer and boar.[1]

Popular culture[edit]

The Serbian cult movie "Who's Singin' Over There?" (Ko to tamo peva, Serbian Cyrillic alphabet Ко то тамо пева) was mainly shot at the Deliblato Sands.

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