|UNESCO #994 - Curonian Spit (Lighthouse of Horses) - LITHUANIA|
Friday, January 03, 2014
Lighthouse of Horses, Curonian Spit - LITHUANIA - UNESCO #994
Another official card, another UNESCO WHS. It feels really good to realize that some people take the time to read our profile and check our collection before picking a card to send. According to the sender, Curonian Spit is amazing place, shared by Lithuania and Russia - let's hope that all this climate changes doesn't ruin the fragile landscape of sand dunes. Thank you very much Diana, I really love this card and with it I reach the psychological threshold of 250 UNESCO sites, 731 more and I'm done! This postcard took 12 days to arrive!
The Curonian Spit is an outstanding example of a landscape of sand dunes that is under constant threat from natural forces (wind and tide). After disastrous human interventions that menaced its survival, the Spit was reclaimed by massive protection and stabilization works begun in the 19th century and still continuing to the present day. Human habitation of this elongated sand dune peninsula, 98 km long and 0.4-4 km wide, dates back to prehistoric times.