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Bojana (Albanian: Bunë or Buna; Montenegrin: Бојана, Bojana) is a 41 km long river in Albania
Albania
and Montenegro
Montenegro
which flows both into the Adriatic
Adriatic
Sea. An outflow of Lake Skadar, measured from the source of the lake's longest tributary, the Morača, the Morača-Lake Skadar- Bojana system is 183 km long.

Contents

1 Course

1.1 The river in Albania 1.2 Border river and the mouth

2 Characteristics 3 References

Course[edit] The river in Albania[edit] The river used to be longer, but due to a rise in the level of Lake Skadar, the uppermost part of the river is now under the lake's surface. The river initially flows east, but after only few kilometers reaches the city of Shkodër
Shkodër
and turns to the south. On the southern outskirts of the city, the river receives its most important tributary, the Great Drin, the greater part of which became its tributary after changing course during a flood in 1858 and now brings more water (352 m³/s) than the Bojana itself (320 m³/s). After flowing around the Peak of Tarabosh, it passes through the villages of Zues, Bërdicë, Darragjat, Oblikë, Obot, Shirq, Dajç and Goricë. Border river and the mouth[edit] After 20 kilometers in Albania, it forms the border between Albania and Montenegro. On this border section, which is 24 km long, the river meanders widely, flowing around Lakes Šas
Šas
and Zogajsko blato, both in Montenegro. Settlements include villages of Sveti Đorđe and Reč
Reč
on the Montenegrin, and Luarzë and Pulaj on the Albanian side. The area surrounding the river in this section is low and marshy, the Bojana being the eastern border of the Field of Ulcinj
Ulcinj
and of the 12 km-long Long beach (Velika Plaža) of Ulcinj. At its mouth into the Adriatic, Bojana forms a small delta with two arms, the left one forming the border with Albania, and the right one, with the island between the arms, being part of Montenegro. The island is called Ada Bojana
Ada Bojana
(Ada, the Turkish word for "island", has found its way into the Montenegrin language). It was supposedly formed around a ship's wreck in the 19th century, and now covers an area of 6 km2, and is Montenegro's largest island. With the neighboring resort of Sveti Nikola
Sveti Nikola
("Saint Nicholas"), it is a major center of nudism along the Adriatic. The other, smaller island belongs to Albania
Albania
and is called Franc Jozeph Island or Ada Major. This small island is not artificial such as Ada Bojana
Ada Bojana
but natural. The Island of Franz Joseph frequently receives tourists. Characteristics[edit]

The Bojana river in Shkodër, Albania

Despite being short, the river has quite a large watershed, covering 5,187 km², because the whole drainage area of Lake Skadar, the largest lake in southeastern Europe, is also part of it. Also, thanks to the waters from the Great Drin, the Bojana / Bojana ranks second place among all tributaries to the Adriatic, measured by the annual discharge, after the Po in Italy
Italy
(with a mean of ca 1540 m³/s). Bojana is navigable throughout its whole course, depending on the size of the vessel. References[edit]

^ a b "The coastline of Albania : morphology, evolution and coastal management issues" (PDF). ciesm.org. p. 8. 

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Mala Prosvetina Enciklopedija, Third edition, Prosveta, 1985, ISBN 86-07-00001-2 Jovan Đ. Marković, Enciklopedijski geografski leksikon Jugoslavije, Svjetlost-Sarajevo, 1990, ISBN 86-01-02651-6

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