Devon Karst Research Society.
No. 2. [SDZB-DKRS-JI / RS-BiH / H / UK / SIFP.]
The Devon Karst Research
Society, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom,
in partnership with
Speleološko Društvo "Zelena
Brda" - Спелеолошко Друштво "Зелена
Trebinje, RS-Bosna i Hercegovina.
Hercegovina, RS-Bosna i Hercegovina....Источна
Speleological Investigation of
and Videographs are accredited individually throughout and may be Copyright.
POLJE - ФАТНИЧКО ПОЉЕ
Polje, Eastern Herzegovina, RS-Bosnia & Herzegovina.
revised Online Edition v. 5.0.11. is dated 30 October 2009.
history : (Given in the Website Contents / Directory Page.)
Webmasters : R.P. Smith; B. Lewarne. DKRS (UK)
Author & Editor : B. Lewarne.
(BiH) Webmaster : Dejan Janković;...SDZB
(BiH) Main Author : [un-assigned]
(BiH) Editor(s) : Dubravko Kurtović, (Information);..Bogdan
Prelević, (Text translation)
Janković, (Karst Hydrochemistry + Databases).
ask before taking information for reproduction elsewhere.
A view of the newly-appeared
gravel bank at the base of the entrance shaft of Estavela "Obod".
This appeared as a result
of the partial destruction of the estavelle dam at the top of the entrance
shaft and the
resultant increase in dynamism
of the estavelle's "ponor mode" during the receding intermittent lake of
The gravel bank has now
partly obscured the fine karren forms.
(Photo : B.
Lewarne, 13 July 2004.)
to the Webpages for the karst phenomenon known as the Fatnica Karst Polje
Polje) located in the Dinaric Karst of Eastern Herzegovina, Bosnia
& Herzegovina. The
feature is located within the Municipality of Bileća, in the Administrative
Region of Trebinje in the political entity of "Republika Srpska" in Bosnia
& Herzegovina. It is one of the
famous karst localities in the world.
Polje Project is one of two sub-Projects feeding information into our
Project No. 3. in Eastern Herzegovina, as detailed elsewhere on the
aim of these pages is to describe in some detail the great wealth of individual
karst phenomena that lie within the boundaries of the Polje itself, all
of which combine in unison to
the enormous natural hydrodynamic and hydro-regulating system of Fatničko
Polje. We shall also seek to describe and demonstrate some of the powerful,
forces that are at work in the Polje.
place this feature into a wider regional context, the Polje at Fatnica
is itself but one small part of an even larger karst hydro-system, which
dominates most of Eastern Herzegovina.
such, it is part of the "Middle Horizons" of the Trebišnjica
Karst River Catchment.
connection with the disturbing information detailed in Section 13.,
we are desperately trying to capture images and information of this amazing
karst feature in action, before any
development permanently destroys its natural functioning. Proposals by
the Hidroelektrane na Trebišnjici Co. to drive tunnels from the
polje to its Bileća Hydro-electric
and Dam, will totally hydro-meliorate the polje floor, with the result
that there will be no future periodic flooding of this feature. This will
have a major impact on the Fatnica
Polje Ecosystem and the habitat of Proteus anguinus.
of the images and some of the information in this Section have been obtained
in partnership with our colleagues, the President and Members of the Speleološko
Brda" / Спелеолошко Друштво "Зелена Брда"/
"Zelena Brda" Speleological Society, of Trebinje, whom we would like
to thank for their keen on-going interest and
This fine Speleological Organization is set to contribute even more of
the information necessary to complete the basic framework of the Fatničko
NEWS AND THE LATEST UPDATES ABOUT THE WEBPAGES FOR
POLJE - ФАТНИЧКО ПОЉЕ" - FATNICA POLJE
Polje webpages will remain as a permanent information reference feature
within the Society's overall Website Content and Structure. However, please
remember to use the Fatničko Polje Webpages in conjunction with
the webpages for the Society's Main Project No. 3. in Bosnia
& Herzegovina, where some of the broader-based Project control information
has now been more logically relocated.
Polje Webpages are arranged in distinct
Sections to help
with navigation around the information. The INDEX page indicates
the general Contents of each Section.
suggest that you click on the INDEX page Link at the bottom
of this page, before proceeding into the main
page provides its own Links to each and every Section
of the Fatničko Polje Webpages.
further insight into the Website Development Programme can always be gained
by viewing the DKRS Website Main Directory, where the introduction
of new but unpublished pages are always posted during the pre-publication
stages of text preparation. A Link to the Main Directory
is also provided at the bottom of this page.
hope that you will find the Fatničko Polje Section of the
Society's Website to be educational, interesting and at times, even entertaining.
We hope you will enjoy what you find.
remember that as part of an interactive developing Website, the
Polje Webpages are also continually under revision.
will always try to maintain a certain level of read-stability by retaining
the existing Site Structure and system of Site Navigation.
can visit the Website of the "Zelena Brda" Speleological Society by
clicking on the following Link.
Društvo "Zelena Brda"
(The Text is in the Serbian
Language using the Serbian Cyrillic Script.
You may need to reset your
Browser Window Character Set to UTF-8.)
in 1972., this is the oldest surviving active Speleological Society in
RELATED BiH DINARIC KARST INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE :
future, this part of the Society's Website is to be one of a series
dedicated to describing aspects of the Karstography of the Dinaric Karst
in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The gigantic Popovo Polje, together with
Trebinjsko Polje and Mokro Polje (with its geographical sub-divisions of
Dživarsko Polje, Petrovo Polje and Čičevo Polje), are largely detailed
in many of their aspects within our main BiH Proteus Project. However,
there is a sufficient quantity of other material to warrant generalized
webpages for these classical Dinaric Karst areas.
dedicated webpages for Dabarsko Polje, Cerničko Polje, Gatačko Polje,
Slato Polje and other areas are now in the very early stages of construction
within a new part of the Root Directory of this Website. Substantial progress
has been made with text preparation for some parts of this and we have
now begun to web-publish information.
information in this new part of the Society's Website will have no direct
connection with the Society's active projects undertaken in BiH.
TO OTHER PAGES ON THIS WEBSITE :
page of Sections for Sub-Project No. 2. "Fatničko Polje"
extensive construction details about this Website and hints about how to
improve your readability of our Webpages.)
the following are Links to the Society's other two current Projects
in Bosnia & Herzegovina :-
Sub-Project No. 1. "Dobromani Ponor Mills"
Main Project No. 3. "Proteus Project"
other useful Links on this Website :-
Devon Karst Research Society Home Page
Website Main Directory / Contents Page
Root Directory of the complete Website.)
of the Dinaric Karst in Bosnia & Herzegovina.