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An opportunity to travel the traces of the ice age


On Sunday, 2 August, a new visitors’ centre of Salantai Regional Park will open.

The centre invites the visitors at the exposition under title of the traces of the ice age (Ledynmečio pėdsakai), introducing the unique features of the land. It was the last glacier that moved here some 20,000 years ago that shaped the old river valleys of Minija, Salantas, and Erla, as well as natural boulder sites.

Salantai Regional Park is made unique by boulder sites and juniper groves reminiscent of tundra landscape. The park is also the place where the thickest and oldest chestnut in Lithuania can be found. Unique features of the landscape include Kartena and Imbarė hill forts, used to accommodate the old Curonian forts.

The regional park features a number of large boulders, including a boulder of Šilalė (Šilalės kūlis), ranked fifth, size-wise, in Lithuania. The boulder site of Šaukliai includes some 300,000 square meters of boulders, mostly taken here from Sweden and the Åland Islands. Almost half of these are varieties of granite. The boulder site is predominated by boulders of radius up to 1 meter, however, some are as large as 3 meters in diameter.

The topic of glacier at the exposition of the visitors’ centre is revealed through a stylised landscape, formed on the ceiling and combining the entire centre; it serves as a symbol for the outcrops dating back to the ice-age and still existing in the protected area. The exposition contains numerous motives of boulders and lichen. The lichen found on the rocks serves as a symbol for longevity, and tell us of the changes that have taken place in the environment over thousands of years.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas