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Pirin

 

a mountain massif in southwestern Bulgaria; the southern spurs are in Greece. The Pirin Mountains extend from northwest to southeast between the valleys of the Struma and Mesta rivers. They are about 75 km long, with elevations to 2,914 m (Mount Vikhren). The mountains are composed primarily of granites, crystalline schists, and marbles. Alpine-type peaks occur in the north. The interfluvial areas have become. peneplains, and the steep slopes are strongly dissected by canyons and river valleys. There are numerous hot springs at the foot of the mountains. The annual precipitation reaches 600–1,000 mm; there is abundant snowfall in the winter. Mountain forests are found at elevations to 2,000 m (oak, hornbeam, and beech in the lower zone; primarily pine in the upper zone). Higher, there are pine and juniper woods and mountain meadows. Logging and animal husbandry (sheep and cattle) are pursued. The area includes the Vikhren National Park (Bulgaria). Tourism is important.

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Environmentalists in Bulgaria scored a victory Wednesday in a long-running court battle to prevent enlargement of a ski resort in the Pirin mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site, reports AFP.
The Bulgarian Red Cross said that the bodies of the pair were found in the Pirin Mountains.
The gateway to Bansko is Sofia airport, and after a three-hour flight from Manchester, my wife Rachel and I, and our daughters Isla and Evelyn, were whisked from the capital city's airport and into the Pirin mountains.
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More excellent opportunities for hiking and skiing are offered in the Pirin Mountains, widely admired for their alpine beauty.
& Pisut, I.--1990-The vegetation of rock fissures, screes and snow beds in the Pirin Mountains (Bulgaria)--Stud.
The nearby Pirin National Park is a World Heritage site that encompasses the larger part of the Pirin Mountains. A total of six species of fish inhabit the park, which constitute six per cent of the whole freshwater fish species of Bulgaria.
But Bansko, set at the foot of the Pirin mountains, is playing catch up with bigger resorts, with more lifts and new runs planned with future investment.
Nestled at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is basically a huge winter sports playground.
A similar problem was previously identified in the Pirin Mountains. In both cases the Commission aims to fully assess the situation and to ensure that the sites are properly protected.
The areas involved are the Pirin Mountains, where an extensive ski centre is being developed, the town of Tsarevo, where an area near the Black Sea is under threat and works along the Vaya River in the protected area of Emine-Irakli, also near the Black Sea.
A second retreat at Bansko Royal Towers in the Pirin mountains of Bulgaria, the country's premier ski resort, set him back pounds 46,250 for a one-bedroom apartment which has spectacular mountain views and is within easy reach of the slopes.