|Within red line - the Marshes along the Pripet (author, schematic)|
The landscape consists of dense woods, interspersed with numerous swamps, moors, ponds and streams . The marshes undergo substantial changes in size during the year, with melting snows in springtime and autumn rainfall causing extensive flooding as the river overflows. Drainage of the eastern portion began in 1870, and significant areas have been cleared for pasture and farmland, much of this in reclamation from the 1960s to the 1980s which has harmed the environment along the course of the Pripyat.
In the tree cover, there is a relatively low degree of deciduousness. Mixed and deciduous forests as well as pure Pinus stands (known as bor in Slavic languages) occur here, the latter mostly on the sandy substrata, intermingling with raised Sphagnum bogs. In the rare drier localities on loamy substrata and more fertile soils, deciduous forests and Quercus-Pinus forests occur.
|Pripyat Marshes (The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands).|
|Pripet marshes, a painting by Ivan Shishkin (1831–1898) (Wikipedia)|
|Polesye Landscape 1884, by Ivan Shishkin (Wikipedia)|
A website with more photos of the watery landscape - Polesia Czar
Part of this landscape extends into Poland, celebrated in a photographic exhibition "W niezwykłym świecie bagien i jezior Polesia Lubelskiego"
Article about the threat to the natural environment (in Polish) 'Torfowiska Polesia – czy grozi nam kolejna katastrofa?'