Kanivskyi Reserve – Graced by Geological Formations and the Dnieper River
In 1968 the renowned Kanivs’sky Reserve was established and formed with its beautiful and varied landscapes on the right side of the gracious Dnieper River which lies in the Cherkasy region within Ukraine.
Interestingly, the Cherkasy oblast, which is regarded as the eighteenth largest region in all of Ukraine, comprises of just about 3.5% of all the area in the country. But it is the South flowing Dnieper River, with its eastern banks,which in many times past, has seen its gentle, smooth and even surface become prone to frequent and distressing flooding in the area. In due time this was brought under control due to the powerful Hydroelectric Power Plant which required multiple dams, thus controlling the flooding. The Power Plant was constructed along the magnificent Dnieper River around about the 20th centry, while, in contrast, the western bank comprises of a rigid and hilly outcrop known as the Dnieper Upland, thus dividing the Cherkasy Oblast into two separate but unequally divided parts.
The Reserve over time has become associated with and very well known, for its unique geological formations. Some of these can be seen in the riparian hills of the gracious Dnieper River and the transient island of Kruglik. In Ukraine, and in so many of its parks, there has always been an institution created to protect and research the many different aspects of the particular area, to further development in the future. In the similar case of the Kanivskyi Reserve – it is cared for by the Kyiv National University.
Through this unrestrained landscape you will begin to find many characteristics that make up the Kanivs’kyi Reserve, with most of its area covered in a mixed forest which is inundated with hornbeam or otherwise known as Carpinus spp, oak, bitter lime or Tilia spp and lastly the simple but beautiful maple tree. There is also a great importance played upon the geology and the archeology of the area, with particular fascination found in the common and typical steppe meadows, which can be located on most of the vast rolling hill slopes.