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THE UKRAINE AND THE BLACK SEA: INTRIGUING AND FASCINATING







Ukraine is not a poor country, but, its economic growth has slowed over the decades, and, while they are a world contender in the export business, there is yet a stagnant economy to deal with.

The Black Sea is almost completely surrounded by land. 6 countries border it, and, it is mostly without precious oxygen. The occurrence of all the rivers feeding into this Sea have caused algae to grow which consumes the precious oxygen which marine life needs to sustain life. There is however, much industry upon the waters of the Black Sea, and, Ukraine is one of the top producers of caviar...

It is interesting to note that there exists a fishing convention in the Black Sea. It is a code which allows fishermen of other Black Sea ports to stop in their port to refresh supplies, or if necessary deplete of their fresh catch. Ports are not open to just anyone who happens by, but, there are by-laws which honor the fishing boats of foreign ports. This in itself, is worthy of another discussion; it is fascinating...

I was going to do a story about a fisherman from the Ukraine and I started reading some information about the Black Sea and found it so fascinating and intriguing that I decided to forgo the fisherman...

The Black Sea in itself is fascinating. It is an in-land salt water sea . The upper part of it is like lake water, and, the lower parts of it are salt water. This causes the oxygen levels to be low in the sea itself. Since it is primarily surrounded by land, with rivers emptying into it, it only has one small strait which leads to the Mediterranean Ocean. So, it is indeed a strange contrast ecologically and biologically. There are many types of jellyfish, sea bass, and, a wide array of marine life. It is said that the spill of the rivers from the countries which surround it creates too much algae and sea kelp which further robs the waters of oxygen. Still it is rich in marine life. Interesting.

The layers of water are a concern for marine biologists and the like. There are many studies going on, as well as efforts to create measures to ensure the life of the waters.

The Ukraine opens deep water Black Sea
Offshore staff
KIEV, Ukraine -- The Ukraine government has signed the Prykerchenska Production Sharing Agreement with Vanco Energy Co. The government says that the agreement gives Vanco the opportunity to explore the deep water part of Ukraine's Black Sea and to develop the Prykerchenska block.
Vanco says work will begin immediately on a 3D seismic survey in 2008.
On the southeast of the Crimean Peninsula, the Prykerchenska block covers nearly 13,000 sq km (5,019 sq mi) with water depth ranging from 500 m (1,640 ft) to over 2,000 m (6,562 ft). Vanco says that exploration will concentrate on the Tetyaev High and the shallower Sudak Folded Belt structures.
"With the Prykerchenska Production Sharing Agreement now in place," says Gene Van Dyke, Vanco's chairman and president, "we can proceed with plans to explore fully this frontier area of Ukraine's deep Black Sea."

The above is one of the efforts to maintain and improve the life of the Black Sea. The sea has so many cultural and historical offerings, which luckily those whose lives surround are aware of...

There are beaches surrounding the Black Sea which are beyond gorgeous. I never realized all of this, and, am beginning to think that perhaps the many attributes of this area have been safeguarded that they not be spoiled by mass invasion of tourists and contractors. Whatever the case might be, I am now a fan and can't wait to learn more. Perhaps one day I can see it with my own eyes and truly enjoy its many wonders....

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