Rivers are also amazing "cultural centers", in the sense that human settlements usually started along a river. Any major city in Europe for example is associated with a river: Paris-Seine, Vienna-Danube, Frankfurt-Main, Bucharest-Dambovita, Rome-Tiber, and the list could go on... This is where the cultural aspect comes from.
With this post, I am starting a geological-cultural trip along a river, the Arges River in Romania, to be more precise; I imagine I am a rock particle (or a water molecule) originating from the Southern Carpathians and traveling along the Arges River all the way to the Danube. The trip will witness some amazing history (geological and human), culture and landscapes.
The Arges River headwaters are located in the Southern Carpathians, between the two highest mountain peaks in Romania: Moldoveanu and Negoiu.
|Google map showing the headwaters of the Arges River, located between Negoiu and Modoveanu, the highest mountain peaks in Romania. Top of the map is towards South.|
The upstream part of the Arges River is probably most famous because it parallels the second highest paved road in Romania - the Transfagarasan. The road was built in early 1970's in response to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Ceausescu, the Communist President of Romania at the time, wanted to have quick access across the mountains in case the Soviets attempted a similar move in Romania. The road was built with heavy human (forty people lost their life) and financial sacrifice.
The next posts will take us to the Vidraru lake, then through the most upstream permanent settlements (villages) along the river; this will allow us to explore more geology and culture.