Thursday, April 16, 2009
These are some photos I took while driving by the Messolongi lagoon, which forms part of one of the largest wetland areas in Greece with a population size ranging from 25-35,000 birds. The lagoon is not particularly deep; its maximum depth is only 2 meters, hence the houses on stilts and flat boats.
The entire area has been shaped by the alluvial deposits of two major rivers, the Acheloos and Euenos. The area is rich in fish fauna comprising five basic species: striped grey mullet, bass, bream, eel, and gudgeon. Fishing is mainly practised by fish-traps installed at the exit of the lagoon near the sea.
The weather wasn't very nice in Messolongi, so we headed towards the fishing village of Astakos further west.
I took this photo as we were crossing the Acheloos river.
The saltpan of Messolongi produces 65% of Greek salt. The area is a perfect refuge for migratory birds that feed on a microscopic organism (Artemia salina) proliferating in the flooded saltpans.
Mmmm all that salt makes me think of chips.