With the summit of Slivnica in the background(winter)
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) is an intermittentlake near Cerknica in Inner Carniola, aregion of Slovenia. When full, it is thelargest lake in the country. It lies in thesouthern part of the Cerknica Polje. Thesurface of the lake can reach up to 38 km
and the surface level varies from 546 to 551metres above sea level.Lake Cerknica is an important wildliferesort, especially as a nesting place formany bird species. It is therefore a part oftwo Natura 2000 areas of protection
) and a mean depth of20 feet (6.1 m), communicates through a number of openings with a series ofsubterranean reservoirs or caverns, some of which are above the lake level in thesurrounding hills. In the autumn, when the rainfall is slight, the lake is completely drainedinto the reservoirs lying below its level, and its bed is speedily covered with rich
vegetation. With the returning heavy rains, the surrounding higher reservoirs are filledand discharge suddenly through the subterranean passages into the lake, so that thelatter very rapidly regains its ordinary volume and may even inundate the surroundingcountry. The changes in level are, however, very irregular. Sometimes the lake does notdisappear for several years, and it can remain dry for over a year, as it did in 1834-35. Itis rich in fish, which disappear and return with the water.