The Curonian Lagoon

  • Z. R. Gasiūnaitė
  • D. Daunys
  • S. Olenin
  • A. Razinkovas
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 197)

Curonian lagoon (Fig. 9.1) is a large (1,584 km2) (Žaromskis 1996) coastal water body connected to the south-eastern Baltic Sea by a narrow (0.4–1.1 km) strait (Klaipėda port area). The mean depth of the lagoon is approximately 3.8 m (Žaromskis 1996). The strait is ca. 11 km long, with artificially deepened waterways down to 14 m depth. The eastern side of the lagoon (mainland shore) represents a shallow plain, gently sloping westward down to a depth of 1–2 m, whereas the western side (the Curonian Spit shore) reaches up to 4 m depth (Table 9.1).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. R. Gasiūnaitė
    • 1
  • D. Daunys
    • 1
  • S. Olenin
    • 1
  • A. Razinkovas
    • 1
  1. 1.Coastal Research and Planning InstituteKlaipėda UniversityKlaipėdaLithuania

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