Vouni Panagias (CY4000004)
National Forest Park of Troodos (CY5000004)
The National Forest Park of Troodos (NFP of Troodos) is located at the centre of Troodos massif that ranges from the northwest to the southeast part of Cyprus. The NFP of Troodos covers an area of 9,009 ha (excluding Kardama and Moni forests with an area of 308 ha, which are not connected to the main body of the NFP), that is 0.97 % of Cyprus. The lowest part of NFP of Troodos with an altitude of 700 m is close to its southeast end (Saitas area) and the highest is Chionistra peak at 1952 m. Geology: The NFP of Troodos, situated almost at the centre of the Troodos Ophiolite Complex, consists of plutonic rocks, which emerged from the ocean as a result of tectonic activity c. 10.000.000 years ago and is characterised by smooth slopes and rounded peaks. This plutonic sequence of rocks is exposed along the roads Troodos-Prodromos, Troodos-Platres, Platres-Troodos and around the chromite mine. It consists of plagiogranite, gabbro, wehrlite, pyroxenite and dunite. Harzburgite (tectonised and serpentinised) is exposed at the highest peak and its surrounding area and also at the area of the Amiantos mine. The ophiolite of Troodos is one of the best developed ophiolites and has influenced the ideas concerning the formation of oceanic crust and upper mantle of the earth to a considerable extent. The area of the NFP of Troodos is dominated by forest ecosystems of Pinus brutia, Pinus nigra ssp. pallasiana and Juniperus foetidissima in pure or mixed formations.
Limni Paralimniou (CY3000008)
Limni Paralimniou is a natural depression situated on an extended flat, elevated area; it is a shallow, brackish, seasonal wetland which is flooded during the winter months and dries-up during the summer months, except for few small ponds (mapped as water body) to the south and west edges of the marsh which can hold water for a longer period. The site covers an area of 272,56 ha and is located to the southeast part of the island; the east part of the site is bordered by Pralimni town and the southwest part by Sotira village, while a considerable part to the west of the site consists of cultivations; also, the site extends eastwards, along a narrow stream towards Paralimni. Geology: The bedrock of Paralimni Lake consists of Bentonitic clays, which are occasionally mixed with Mamonia lithologies, forming Moni mιlange. Bentonitic clays are covered by a thin layer of recent lake deposits, consisting of loose sandy clayey and silts/silty clays. The surroundings of the lake are composed of alternating layers of chalks, marly chalks and chert (Lefkara Formation), which cover the Bentonitic clays around the lake. The greatest part of the lake (c 85%) consists of halophilous and halo-nitrophilous pioneer therophytic communities (1310); they are characterised by Hordeum marinum, Salicornia europaea, Halopeplis amplexicaulis, Parapholis incurva, Crypsis aculeata, Spergularia marina, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum and Cressa cretica. Thermo-Mediterranean riparian galleries dominated by Tamarix tetragyna, are generally confined along the periphery of the lake.
Alykos Potamos-Agios Sozomenos (CY2000002)
Koilada ton Kedron - Kambos (CY200008)
Stavros tis Psokas-Karkavas (CY400001)
Koilada Karkoti (CY2000012)
Xeros Potamos (CY4000007)
Dasos Stavrovouniou (CY6000004)
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