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Field research of the areas in Serbia planned for the protection and newly discovered natural phenomena

The Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia conducted field research on the territory of Serbia, as planned by the Annual program of Institute’s work

Newly discovered natural phenomenon, a waterfall on the creek Jelovak, Željinski troskok on the mountain Željin.

Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, after months of research in the areas planned for legal protection according to the Institute`s Annual program of work, examines and synthesizes the results to be evaluated in the drafting of studies on protection. The research of areas Mojstirsko - Draške planine (mountains), Dukat, Valjevske planine, Rudnik and Željin has been conducted this year, together with the research of smaller areas, such as Blederija, Jovačka jezera (lakes), Foreland of the left bank of Danube river in Belgrade, etc.

Field research confirmed the preserved high value of natural heritage in Serbia. Some research also showed the unexpected results. Institute`s associates conducted research on Željin mountain, and besides numerous other natural values, such as hundreds of years old forests and beautiful landscapes, they also found out the waterfalls of exceptional characteristics and beauty.

During the field visit, a team of the Institute accompanied by forestry technician from Forest management unit "Šumarstvo", Raška, found out a waterfall of exceptional size near Jošanička banja (spa), above the village Đurovići and on the stream Jelovak, the biggest source of Planska reka (river).

It is determined for waterfall on the stream Jelovak to be of erosive type, formed in granodiorites. It consists of three major cascades of the height and length estimated at about 30 meters. Part of the stream bed (directly) downstream, also cascading, is intersected with small waterfalls, where the vertical drop of the valley bottom is decreased after a few tens of meters of the flow, and stream water calms down. Waterfall on the stream Jelovak has amphitheater-shaped vertical drop, it is hardly accessible from both upstream and downstream parts of the valley and surrounded by beech forest growing on steeps of very high inclination.

Stream Jelovak and the waterfall are abundant in water (as confirmed by Institute`s research conducted during the dry season characterized by an extremely high air temperature, when stream Jelovak had medium amounts of water). The water of Jelovak waterfall has been dammed by some locals long ago, at two places - above and below the waterfall, and is being used for irrigation of orchards and gardens.

Due to its morphometric characteristics, genesis, water abundance, aesthetic values ​​of the waterfall and its cascading waters and environmental values ​​of the surrounding area, the waterfall on Jelovak stream deserves to be on the list of hydrological heritage of Serbia.

Considering that there were no data on this waterfall, the Institute’s experts, inspired by the magnificence of the three water cascades, named it "Željinski troskok" (Željin triple fall). The assumption is that the morphology of the terrain, forest vegetation and the distance from the roads, are the main reasons why the waterfall has been unknown to much professionals. The discovery has once again confirmed the importance of conducting systematic field research on valuable natural areas in Serbia, for the purpose of their valuation and the activities on their conservation.

For more information contact Maja Radosavljević,

mob: +381 66/381-480.

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