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The Blue Eye (Albanian: Syri i Kaltër) is a water spring and natural phenomenon occurring near Muzinë in Vlorë County, southern Albania. A popular tourist attraction, the clear blue water of the river bubbles forth 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.[3]

Syri i Kaltër
Blue Eye Albania 2016 Syri i kalter.jpg
View of the Blue Eye
A map showing the location of the Blue Eye
A map showing the location of the Blue Eye
Location[Sarande County]]
Nearest cityDelvinë, Sarandë
Area1.8[1][2] km2 (0.69 sq mi)
DesignationNatural Monument
Established1996
Governing bodyMinistry of Environment

This is the initial water source of Bistricë river, 25 km long, which ends in the Ionian Sea south of Sarandë.[4]

The source stands at an altitude of 152 m and has a discharge rate of 18400 l/s.[5]

The immediate area 1.8 km2 (0.69 sq mi) is a Nature Monument and is characterized by oak and sycamore trees.[6] In summer 2004, the source was temporarily dried up.

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

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ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Gillian Gloyer (2008). Albania: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-1-84162-246-0.
  4. ^ Tom Masters (2007). Eastern Europe. Lonely Planet. pp. 67–. ISBN 978-1-74104-476-8.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "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.

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