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Durmitor National Park
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Type of site: Natural
Date: Middle Ages
Date of Inscription: 1980, 2005
Location: Europe, Republic of Montenegro
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Description: Intersected by rivers and underground streams, this awe-inspiring national park was originally shaped by glaciers. Scattered along the Tara river canyon (which owns Europe’s deepest gorges) are dense pine forests that are interspersed with sheer lakes and shelter a broad range of endemic flora. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Durmitor is a mountain and the name of a national park in Montenegro. It reaches a height of 2,522 meters. Name Durmitor is probably derived from Balkan Romance (some Romanian/Vlach dialect), and it means "sleeping" (cognate with English dormitory). There are similarly named mountains such as Visitor (< visător, "dreaming") and Cipitor (< aţipitor, "sleeping") across ex-Yugoslavia. Another etymology could be from Celtic meaning "mountain with water". The Durmitor National Park, created in 1952, includes the massif of Durmitor, the canyons of Tara, Sušica and Draga rivers and the higher part of the canyon plateau Komarnica, covering the area of 390 km². It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980. A part of the National park Durmitor is also the river Tara River Canyon, 80 km long and 1,300 m deep, second largest in the world, just behind Grand Canyon in Arizona. Durmitor mountain is the centre of Montenegrin mountain tourism. The tourist facilities are concentrated around the town of Žabljak. During the winter, main activities on Durmitor are skiing and, increasingly, snowboarding. In the summer, the activities shift to mountaineering and recreational tourism. One of the most prominent attraction of Durmitor mountain are 18 glacial lakes, best known being Crno Lake. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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