Arabat Spit, Genichesk

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The Arabat Spit or Arabat Arrow is a spit which separates a large, shallow and very salty system of lagoons named Syvash from the Sea of Azov. The spit is located between the Henichesk Strait to the north and the north-eastern shores of Crimea to the south.
The spit is commonly called the Arabat Arrow in Russia and Ukraine. "Arrow" is not an idiomatic Russian or Ukrainian name for "spit", rather this peninsula is called an arrow for unknown reasons, perhaps because it is very long and thin and rather straight.
The Arabat part of the name presumably comes from the Arabat Fortress, a 17th-century Turkish fort at the southern end of the spit. "Arabat" derives from either Arabic "rabat" meaning a "military post" or Turkic "arabat" meaning a "suburb".
The Arabat Arrow is 112km long, and from 0.270to wide; its surface area is 395km2 and thus the average width is 3.5km. The spit is low and straight on the Azov Sea side, whereas its Sivash side is more convoluted. It contains two areas which are 7– wide and have brown-clay hills; they are located 7.5km and 32km from the Henichesk Strait. The top layers of other parts of the spit are formed by sand and shells washed by the flows of the Azov Sea. Its vegetation mostly consists of various weed grasses, thorn, festuce grasses, spear grass, crambe, salsola, salicornia, Carex colchica, tamarisk, rose hip, liquorice, etc. Offshore water is shallow with the depth reaching 2m only some 100– from the shore. Its temperature is around 0C in winter (near freezing), 10– in spring and autumn, and 25– in summer; air temperature is almost the same.
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