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Bifurkacioni Earthcache EarthCache

Hidden : 03/14/2008
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Geocache Description:

Accessible by earth road from the city of Ferizaj/Urosevac (road signs "Bifurkacioni"). Elevation 550 m. The last bit can be slippery.

Bifurkacioni është fenomen natyrorë kur nji lum ndahet në dy degë dhe derdhet në ujëmbledhësa të dryshëm detarë. Raste të tilla natyrore në botë janë vetëm dy. Nji është në Kosovë në lumin Nerodime, ku nji degë derdhet në lumin Lepenc dhe vazhdon në Vardar e në detin Egje dhe dega tjetër derdhet në lumin Sitnica e cila derdhet në lumin Ibër e mandej përfundon në detin e Zi.Rast tjetër të Bifurkacionit kemi me lumin Orinoko në Brazil.

The Nerodime Bifurcation (in Albanian: Bifurkacioni; in Serbian: Bifurkacija) represents a hydrological curiosity in Kosovo and in Balkans. With the bifurcation of Nerodime river waters are downloaded in the Aegean and Black sea. This way an interesting phenomena with an educational importance is created. The Bifurcation is located in the southern part of the Kosovo basin in the territory of Ferizaj Municipality (in Serbian: Urosevac).
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The Bifurcation of Nerodime is the very first hydrological protected object in Kosovo (1979). The Nerodime Bifurcation is declared as a strict wildlife sanctuary, I category according to (IUCN). The protected compound is laid on a surface of 13,0 ha. It is considered that the bifurcation is an artificial phenomena, but under extremely favorable natural conditions for the creation of which no emphasized technical measures were undertaken. Another most famous bifurcation is the Casiquiare canal that links the Orinoco River with the Amazon.
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Scientific Brief

The two bifurcating branches are the Nerodime River, a tributary of the Lepenc River flowing south into the Vardar, flowing into the the Aegean Sea; and a tributary of the Sitnicë River, flowing North to the Ibar River, itself a tributary of the Morava in Serbia, a major tributary of the Danube.

Although the Bifurcation area has been declared a protected sanctuary, it is at the time this Earthcache is posted in a rather shabby situation : the branch going to the left is virtually clogged, and the area is full of litter. What we geocachers can modestly do about that is to update in our logs the information on the status of environmental protection at the Bifurcation.

This cache is attributed to Serbia and Montenegro because of the constraints of the Geocaching software as of March 2008. In fact the cache is located in a country that calls itself Kosovo, and has been recognized as independent by several countries including the USA in Feburary, 2008. Most internationally available maps show the place names in Serbian (the Nerodimka Bifurkacione, near Urosevac), while now locally only Albanian names are in use (Urosevac = Ferizaj).

To log this earthcache, perform the following tasks:

A) What is the purpose of the stone building with tiled roof which spans one of the branches?
B) How many arches does the first bridge on the main branch have? (NO PHOTO OF THE BRIDGE IN YOUR LOG!!)
Tell me the answers to these two questions per email (NOT IN THE LOG!!)
C) Take a photo of the Bifurcation, framed to show yourself and enabling to see if the environment is improving or not (this will be Geocaching's modest contribution to environmental awareness). If you are there without any help, you can take a photo of your GPS with readable coordinates instead.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur Ovshepngvba vf whfg nsgre na byq fgbar ohvyqvat ba gur znva oenapu.

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)