The main attraction in Leba are the vast moving dunes. The dunes in Slowinski National Park form the greatest range of moving dunes in Europe. It is a real sandy desert which lies on a narrow spit between the Baltic Sea and Lebsko Lake. Wind causes the dunes to move and rise to several dozens of meters. The downside is that they cover with sand coastal forests, marshes, and even inhabited areas. The greatest changes in the landscape occurs in autumn and in spring, during storms on the Baltic Sea. The sand moves when the speed of wind is already 5 metres per second.
The highest dune is Lacka Mountain, which rises to several dozens of metres (over forty). It is impossible to determine its height precisely, because it is changing all the time. An enchanting vista spreads from the top of Lacka Mountain. It can make us feel as though we were visiting a real desert. The dunes of Leba and quicksands in its precincts form the most beautiful desert landscape, unique in Europe, often dubbed the Polish Sahara. They move influenced by wind, which forces sand grains over the tops of the dunes. The moving happens because of the lack of vegetation, which normally limits the influence of winds.
The moving dunes in Slowinski National Park
The main attraction in Leba are the vast moving dunes. The dunes in Slowinski National Park form the greatest range of moving dunes in Europe.
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