Dniester Estuary, or Dniester Liman (Ukrainian: Дністровський лиман, Romanian: limanul Nistrului) is a liman, formed at the point where the river Dniester flows into the Black Sea. It is located in Ukraine, in Odessa Oblast, and connects Budjak to the Ukrainian mainland. The city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi lies on its western shore and Ovidiopol on its eastern shore. Shabo, situated downstream of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, is known for its wine. The estuary hosts the Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky Seaport.
The coast of the estuary near the castle of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi
|Ocean/sea sources||Atlantic Ocean|
|Max. length||45.2 km (28.1 mi)|
|Max. width||12 km (7.5 mi)|
|Surface area||360–408 km2 (139–158 sq mi)|
|Average depth||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Max. depth||2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)|
|Water volume||0.2 km3 (0.048 cu mi)|
|Settlements||Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ovidiopol, Shabo, Zatoka|
|Official name||Northern Part of the Dniester Liman|
|Designated||23 November 1995|
The area of the liman varies between 360 and 408 km², it is 42.5 km long and has maximum width of 12 km. The average depth is 1.8 m, the maximum depth 2.7 m.
On the spit separating the liman from the open Black Sea to the south is the resort town of Zatoka. The only entirely Ukrainian road connecting to Budjak is the P70 along the spit; to avoid the marshes at the northern end of the liman, Highway M15 has to cross into Moldova.
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- Datasheet from www.wetlands.org (pdf file)[permanent dead link]
- (in Russian) 1:100,000 topographic map of the liman - northern section
- (in Russian) 1:100,000 topographic map of the liman - southern section
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