Pine Tree Forest At A Trail Near Nida , Largest Town In The Curonian Spit ( Kurs ...
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Description: Pine tree forest at a trail near Nida , largest town in the Curonian Spit ( Kursiu Nerija ) , a 98km long , 0 . 4 to 4km wide , curved sand dune peninsula that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea . The northernmost 53km belong to Lithuania , forming the Kursiu Nerija National Park , and the remaining part belongs to Russias Kaliningrad region . Although Europes highest moving dune is located here , existing vegetation plays an important role in holding the dunes movements . This fragile ecosystem hosts a wide variety of animals , including 300 species of birds and big game such as elk and deer , all protected nowadays . About 70% of the park area is covered by forest , mostly conifers , about half of which is reforestation . The Curonian Spit was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 , as an outstanding example of a natural landscape that is under constant threat from natural forces ( wind and tide ) .
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