19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The edge of glacial lakes and beech virgin forests

The amazing place in the Eastern Carpathians, the Svydovets massif is under threat of destruction. It is home to at least 93 endangered species of Red Data Book of Ukraine including the European brown bear and the Eurasian lynx. More than half of Ukraine’s glacial lakes are located on the mountain range. The woods have been already massively cut down; the plants will soon begin to die; animals unable to survive on bare slopes will disappear; and the Danube will lose its main tributary – the Tisa River, which originates precisely at the Svydovets.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Ukraine
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Artur Abramiv