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Weekly focus #5: Croatia, Russian Federation and Nature

Approaching the middle of the CEE Spring, in Week 5 we are geographically focused on Croatia and the Russian Federation, and thematically on the topic of Nature. And for a good reason, because both countries feature amazing natural phenomena and breathtaking sights.

Pelješac peninsula, Dalmatia, Croatia. Author: Martin Brož. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Croatia’s list of proposed articles this year features several mountains and municipal towns, while Russia’s list offers a diversity of nature parks and waterbodies. Both wiki communities have added their own lists of extreme points in terms of geographic latitude, longitude and altitude, which is a pretty good start for online wiki travels and writing inspiration.  Browsing the two lists we can’t but notice some particularly interesting topics, which are must-have’s in every language version of Wikipedia.

Valley of Geysers, Russian Federation. Author: Robert Nunn. License: CC-BY-SA 2.0. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Such is the article about the Great Arctic State Nature Reserve, the largest reserve of Russia and Eurasia, as well as one of the largest in the world. Located in the extreme north of Russia, it is divided in nine sections and contains multiple natural sites, each of which is encyclopedically notable for itself. In the extreme south of Russia, reaching the border of Mongolia, is the Tunkinsky National Park, featuring dramatic scenery of rift and glacial valleys and mountains, hot springs, mountain meadows, waterfalls, and many associated nature habitats. If this is not enough, check also the article about the second largest concentration of geysers in the world!

Despite having about 300 times smaller territory, Croatia also has a lot to show in terms of natural beauty. With its 1246 islands and karst rock formations, it is often called “The Jewel of the Adriatic Sea”. Two of the articles from Croatia’s list which we encourage you to write about are the mountains Požeška gora in the internal eastern part of the country, and Svilaja to the south, located close to the Adriatic shore. Interestingly, another article from the list, “Topography of Croatia“, is available only in English, hence we encourage the colleagues from Croatian Wikipedia to consider creation of this article in Croatian, regardless of the fact that in CEE Spring they are supposed to write about the rest countries and communities. 🙂

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