Floating islands (Bingöl)

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Floating islands of Bingöl
Yüzen Adalar
Floating islands on the Lake Aksakal in Solhan, Bingöl Province, Turkey.
Map showing the location of Floating islands of Bingöl Yüzen Adalar
Map showing the location of Floating islands of Bingöl Yüzen Adalar
Floating islands
LocationHazarşah, Solhan, Bingöl Province, Turkey
Coordinates38°58′21″N 40°56′42″E / 38.9724°N 40.9451°E / 38.9724; 40.9451Coordinates: 38°58′21″N 40°56′42″E / 38.9724°N 40.9451°E / 38.9724; 40.9451
Area38.400 ha (94.89 acres)

The Floating islands of Bingöl are mass of floating aquatic plants in the form of islands on a lake in Bingöl Province, eastern Turkey. The formation is a registered natural monument of the country.

Lake Aksakal, which contains the floating islands, is a crater lake located in Hazarşah village of Solhan district in Bingöl Province. It is 4.5 km (2.8 mi) far from the Bingöl-Muş highway D.300.[1] The lake is situated on a flat terrain surrounded on three sides by mountains and hills. The lake has freshwater. The water level of the lake remains same in the winter and summer months due to continuous inflow. There are three independently and freely moving floating islands on the lake. The floating island can be moved very slowly like a raft to any direction by standing on and stepping down on one side. There are 4-5 shrubs and ash trees on the floating islands. The soil on the floating islands is completely cohere with the prehensile roots of the vegetation. The vegetation consists of meadow grass, couch grass, and diverse aquatic plants.[1] The area covers an area of 38.400 ha (94.89 acres).[2]

The formation was registered a natural monument in 2003.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Yüzenada, Bingöl Yüzenada Tanıtım Videosu, Yüze nada Hikayesi". Bingöl Haber (in Turkish). 2014-09-07. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  2. ^ a b "Türkiye'nin Tabiat Anıtları" (PDF) (in Turkish). Milli Parklar. Retrieved 2017-01-18.