Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland

Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland

Stora Alvaret (the Great Alvar) is a limestone barren plain on the island of Öland, Sweden. Because of the thin soil mantle and high pH levels, a great assortment of vegetation is found including numerous rare species. Stora Alvaret has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its extraordinary biodiversity and prehistory. The area of this formation exceeds 260 square kilometres (100 sq mi), making it the largest such expanse in Europe and comprising over one fourth of the land area of the island. Stora Alvaret is not devoid of trees, contrary to a common misconception; in fact, it holds a variety of sparse stunted trees akin to a pygmy forest. Stora Alvaret is a dagger shaped expanse almost 40 kilometres (25 mi) long and about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) at the widest north end.

Outline
Stora Alvaret (the Great Alvar) is a limestone barren plain on the island of Öland, Sweden.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery

    Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery

  2. Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

    Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

  3. Wachau Cultural Landscape

    Wachau Cultural Landscape

  1. Las Médulas

    Las Médulas

  2. Limes

    Limes

  3. Acropolis of Athens

    Acropolis of Athens

  1. Semmering Railway

    Semmering Railway

  2. Episcopal City of Albi

    Episcopal City of Albi

  3. Val d’Orcia

    Val d’Orcia

  1. Palmeral of Elche

    Palmeral of Elche

  2. Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims

    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims

  3. Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow

    Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow

  1. Ilulissat Icefjord

    Ilulissat Icefjord

  2. Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica

    Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica

  3. Antonine Wall

    Antonine Wall

  1. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

    The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

  2. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

  3. Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

    Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

  1. Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto

    Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto

  2. Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey, and St. Martin’s Church

    Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey, and St. Martin’s Church

  3. Costiera Amalfitana

    Costiera Amalfitana

  1. Monastic Island of Reichenau

    Monastic Island of Reichenau

  2. Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza

    Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza

  3. Old City of Zamość

    Old City of Zamość

  1. Wachau Cultural Landscape

    Wachau Cultural Landscape

  2. Warszawa

    Warszawa

  3. Røros Mining Town and the Circumference

    Røros Mining Town and the Circumference

  1. Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

  2. Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville

    Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville

  3. Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

    Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

  1. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

    Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

  2. Alhambra

    Alhambra

  3. Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments

    Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments

  1. The Wadden Sea

    The Wadden Sea

  2. Historic Walled Town of Cuenca

    Historic Walled Town of Cuenca

  3. Frontiers of the Roman Empire

    Frontiers of the Roman Empire

  1. Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns

    Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns

  2. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, Granada

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, Granada

  3. The Trulli of Alberobello

    The Trulli of Alberobello

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top