Jablanica (mountain range)

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Lake Vevčani
View over Lake Vevčani and Black Stone
Highest point
Elevation2,257 m (7,405 ft)
Coordinates41°17′7.78″N 20°31′43.72″E / 41.2854944°N 20.5288111°E / 41.2854944; 20.5288111
LocationAlbania - North Macedonia border
Parent rangeShebenik-Jablanica

Jablanica (Albanian: Jabllanica or Jabllanicë pronounced [ˈjabɫa'nitsa,ˈjabɫa'nitsə]; Macedonian: Јабланица pronounced [ˈjabɫanitsa]) is a mountain range in Southern and Southeastern Europe, stretching north-south direction across the border of Albania and North Macedonia.[1]

The long mountain ridge is higher than 2,000 m (6,562 ft) for approximately 50 km (31 mi), while the highest part, located in its very center, is Black Stone at 2,257 m (7,405 ft) high. Both countries have 50% of the mountain, Albania the west and North Macedonia the east. Jablanica Mountain contains many large mountain lakes. Shebenik mountain is located just to the west of Jablanica and give name to the Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park. The closest towns to Jablanica are Librazhd in Albania and Struga in North Macedonia.

The mountain range is one of the few places in the Balkans that hold the Balkan lynx (Lynx lynx martinoi), a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx). The total number of this vulnerable species is estimated at below 100 individuals.

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  1. ^ Spangenberg, Annette; et al. "Jablanica-Shebenik Working towards a transboundary protected area for the Balkan lynx" (PDF). Euronatur. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 May 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013.