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Yumurtalık Lagoon

Yumurtalık Lagoon
Turkish: Yumurtalık Lagünü
Yumurtalık Lagoon
Map showing the location of Yumurtalık Lagoon
Map showing the location of Yumurtalık Lagoon
Area19,853 ha (76.65 sq mi)
Official nameYumurtalik Lagoons
Designated21 July 2005
Reference no.1619[1]

Yumurtalık Lagoon (Turkish: Yumurtalık Lagünü) is a lagoon located in Adana Province, southern Turkey. The area is a nature reserve, a national park, and is a Ramsar site.[2][3][4]


The lagoon is an alluvial delta by rivers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.[5] It is one of four lagoons in the Çukurova Delta.[6] It has 19,853 ha (49,060 acres).[5] The conservation area lies along the Taurus and Amanos mountain chains.[7] The area has both freshwater and coastal habitats, including vegetation of sand dune, salt marsh, stream bank, and ruderal types.[5] It is a key stopover and wintering site for migratory birds on the Palaearctic-Africa route.[5][8][6] Threatened species of turtles such as Caretta caretta and Chelonia mydas make their home in the lagoon; Yumurtalık Lagoon is the only known wintering site for the green sea turtle in the Mediterranean.[5][9][6]


The site was designated as a Natural SIT Area 1st degree under the Conservation Law on Cultural and Natural Assets in 1993.[6] In 1994, it was declared a Nature Conservation Site under the Law on National Parks.[6] On July 21, 2005, it was added to the Ramsar Convention List.[6]


  1. ^ "Yumurtalik Lagoons". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Yumurtalık Lagünü Milli Parkı" (in Turkish). Doğa Koruma ve Milli Parklar Genel Müdürlüğü. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  3. ^ ""Yumurtalık Lagünü Milli Park olamaz"". MyNet (in Turkish). 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  4. ^ "Turkey - Nemrut Caldera". Ramsar. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Yumurtalik Lagoons | Ramsar Sites Information Service". Retrieved 2023-10-27.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Balli, Erdinç; Balli, Ayşe İpek Koca. "Identifying the Alternative Tourism Potential of the Lagoons of Çukurova Delta" (PDF). PMF.
  7. ^ ALTINÖZLÜ, HAŞİM (2004-01-01). "Flora of the Natural Conservation Area in Adana-Yumurtalık Lagoon (Turkey)". Turkish Journal of Botany. 28 (5): 491–506. ISSN 1300-008X.
  8. ^ Gaidet, Nicolas; Ould El Mamy, Ahmed B.; Cappelle, Julien; Caron, Alexandre; Cumming, Graeme S.; Grosbois, Vladimir; Gil, Patricia; Hammoumi, Saliha; De Almeida, Renata Servan; Fereidouni, Sasan R.; Cattoli, Giovanni; Abolnik, Celia; Mundava, Josphine; Fofana, Bouba; Ndlovu, Mduduzi; Diawara, Yelli; Hurtado, Renata; Newman, Scott H.; Dodman, Tim; Balança, Gilles (2012-09-28). "Investigating Avian Influenza Infection Hotspots in Old-World Shorebirds". PLOS ONE. 7 (9): e46049. Bibcode:2012PLoSO...746049G. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046049. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 3460932. PMID 23029383.
  9. ^ "Alleged threats to marine turtles due to a new coal-fired power plant at Sugözü Beach - Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats -". Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats. 2021. Retrieved 2023-10-27.

36°48′44.83″N 35°50′38.40″E / 36.8124528°N 35.8440000°E / 36.8124528; 35.8440000

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