A riffle on the Prut, near Chernivtsi
The Prut basin starts on the South-Eastern slope of the Hoverla mountain (Ivano-Frankivsk oblast) 15km North-West of Vorokhta settlement in Chornohory mountain massif of the Wooded Carpathians. The river valley is wide and covered with stones and sand. Valley slopes are tilting. The Prut flows into the Danube from its left side 164km from the place the Danube flows into the Black Sea, 0.5km South-East of Giurgiuleşti village. The river flows through Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi Oblasts of Ukraine. The Prut is 967km long, the catchment area totals 27540 sq.km. The general fall is 1577m, the mean slope makes 1630/00. The meandering coefficient is 2.10.
About 35% of the Prut valley are covered with broad-leaved and coniferous forests. The foothills are covered with oak and hornbeam forests, where the winter oak typical for Western Europe grows next to the summer oak and the Western-European beech.
Lower mountain slopes (300-600m) are covered with wide-leaved forests of the summer oak, hornbeam, beech, maple, lime tree with additions of the fir-tree and silver fir. As the forests go higher (600m), the beech becomes dominating and the role of coniferous trees increases (above 1250m). Fir-tree forests become dominating at the level of 1600m. Subalpine meadows and bushes of the European green alder and pine-tree are spread over mountain tops.
Key tributaries: on the right – the Lyuchka river (42km), the Pistynka river (57km), the Rybnytsya river (56km), the Cheremosh river (80km), the Dereluy river (34km); on the left – the Turka stream (40km), the Chernava river (63km), the Beleluya river (30km), the Sovytsya stream (39km) and others.
Swans on the Prut in Zeleniv village
Bridge over the Prut near Hlynytsya, high water
Low water around the same place
Sunset near Striletsky Kut
Somewhere near Bila
The Prut approaching Chernivtsi
Chernivtsi railway bridge over the Prut
The Prut as seen from the train
Chernivtsi City Beach on the Prut
Kalynivsky Market flooded by the Prut, Chernivtsi, 2008
The Prut and Kalynivsky Market from the air
The car bridge across the Prut, East of Chernivtsi
The Prut near Tarasivtsi, Novoselytsia District, on the Ukrainian-Romanian border
The Prut between Mamalyha (Novoselytsia District, Ukraine) and Kriva (Moldova), near the Ukrainian-Moldavian-Romanian border