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Velenje has three lakes, which are Lake Velenje, Lake Skale and Lake Druzmir. Lake Velenje is the largest in the valley. It is a nice place for walking, cycling, jogging and doing other activities. Here are also restaurants with good food. In the nearness is a camp. Due to excavation of lignite coal caused the lake. Among them is the largest lake Velenje, which primero also for the implementation of the various sporting activities. Thus, it can be given to the lake with a sailboat, sailing board or board, and the parachute. Funny is also run by canoes and pedelini.


Photo of a swan at the Velenje lake and the Šoštanj coal-fired Thermal Power Plant in the background located in northern Slovenia. The construction of a new 600 MW power generating unit has been endorsed by the Slovenian Government with the aim to ensure reliable power supply in line with the environmental and other requirements laid down in EU legislation by using the best available technology.


The Šaleška Valley boasts the largest Slovenian coalmine and the biggest Slovenian thermo power plant. The lignite mining industry in the area contributed to the expansion of the town, especially after World War II. Many people see it simply as an industrial region, but you will be very surprised, when you discover the magnificent blue lakes and wonder underground to discover the thickest layers of coal the Coal mining museum in Velenje. In the past, dumping of coal ash directly into Lake Velenje and drainage water from the ash disposal site resulted very high pH and high concentrations of heavy metals. The introduction of a closed cycle ash transport system in 1995 resulted in a very fast recovery of the lake water quality. The results of recent studies showed very low mecury concentrations in the water which can be compared to any other freshwater lakes.

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Taken on August 18, 2011