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The Balea Lake and his region situated in the South Carpathian zone (Transylvania) is one of the most valuable habitats, holding a unique and endemic flora and fauna, for many of these is the last refugee in Europe. During the previous investigations more than 20 endemic and extremely rare plant species were identified, some of them can be found only in this region (Aquilegea transsilvanica, Achillea schurii, Aconitum hosteanum, Alopecurus laguriformis, Helictotricon decorum, Campanula kladniana, Cerastium lerchenfeldianum, Leontodon transsilvanicus, Silene dinarica). In point of the fauna, two insect species (rove beetles Niphetodes schőnmani, Pareudectus eppelsheimi Colepoptera: Staphylinidae) were identified, new for the science and endemic for this region (described by Lothar Zerche in 1990).
Although the biggest lake region (Lake Balea - 2.034 m above sea, 46.508 m2, 11, 35 m deep) were proposed for protection in 90th, in last 15 years suffered a high degradation. The incorrect management, the commercial tourism, and the illegal fishing in lakes have highly negative effects on flora and fauna, birds and mammals become extremely rare some species even disappeared.

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Additional Photos by Isabela Andreia Sorescu (isabela_sor) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2725 W: 1550 N: 8630] (47748)
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