Public Description of Zadnja Trenta Valley, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia

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Location: Zadnja Trenta Valley, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia
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General Description:

Zadnja Trenta valley is situated in the heart of East Julian Alps. It is a typical alpine valley with elevations of about 800 m at the bottom, surrounded by mountain ridges from 2.000 m to 2.300 m high. The highest peak is Mt. Jalovec (2.645 m) at the northwest of the valley. It is the highest peak in the Julian Alps and in the country. Soča River springs in the valley. The valley has a unique position because it is closed almost on all sides. There are no submediterranean influences in it as it is the case with the middle and the lower Trenta valley. The region is still pristine, not inhabited, with a single narrow dirt road in its lower part. The mountain peaks on the south east side as well on its northwest side are today almost untouched by man, although the upland grassland was used for goat and sheep grassing centuries ago. There are no public trails across these peaks. The region has very large biodiversity and belongs 100% to Triglav National Park.

Habitat Description:

Geologically the valley is calcareous, mostly limestone. At the bottom of the valley there is some cultural land. These are exclusively old pastures, some still in use. The rest is woods with dominant Fagus sylvatica and Picea abies, and Larix decidua and Pinus mugo at the high elevations. Above tree line there are extensive subalpine and alpine meadows with rich alpine flora. The region receives more than 3.000 mm/year precipitations. The average temperatures are about 6-8 deg C at the bottom and below 0 deg C at the mountain peaks. Mycologically the region is practically not researched.

Description author: amadej trnkoczy (Request Authorship Credit)


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