Alarm in Romania over the the country’s shrinking saltwater lake

Alarm in Romania over the the country's shrinking saltwater lake
Image of Lake Techirghoil in Romania. Credit: Google maps - Force Code

Lake Techirghiol, the largest saltwater expanse in Romania has receded by around 50 metres due to the drought.


“The mud is harvested from the deep areas of the lake, and it takes several years to produce”, explained Adrian Bîlbă, a scientist who is also the General Manager at the Dolphinarium in the city of Constanta on the shores of the Black Sea.

“The area where the therapeutic mud is harvested takes several years for the mineralisation process, so it’s not the case that it’s influenced by a certain summer. Probably in the spring, we will see the waters returning here. It is not certain, but it is possible”.

The shortage of water has not gone unnoticed by the visitors though. One commented: “I was also at a sale lake. It has dried up too, in Brăila. This is nature’s way”.

“The water level was up to the stones, and there was no dried-up mud. It was extraordinary. It’s receding because nature made it like this”, commented another tourist, who believed it was an act of nature.

Global warming is inevitably being blamed as the main culprit by experts. Carmen Oprea, the of Care Servies at Techirghiol Balneary Cure Centre however believes that the drought will not have any real impact on the mud’s quality and quantity.

“Following the clinical examinations that the attending physicians perform, we haven’t noticed that the mud therapy hasn’t had the expected result on our patients” she pointed out, as reported by


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