In the Çat Dam Lake in the Çelikhan district of Adıyaman, the floating islands, which were formed in 3,000 years but hit the shore due to the wind and water withdrawal in recent years, were fixed on the floors of the floating islands, thus preventing their destruction.
In the Çat Dam Lake in the Petelik region, the floating islands, whose formation was completed in 3 thousand years, with a height of 3 to 5 meters and an area of 100 to 500 square meters, began to be destroyed by hitting the shore in recent years due to strong winds and decreased water flow.
In order to prevent the destruction of the floating islands, which are visited by hundreds of local and foreign tourists every year, work was initiated under the leadership of the Adıyaman Governor’s Office last year.
After the feasibility study carried out by the expert teams, it was decided to apply the method of tying weights to the floor of the floating islands, restricting their movement and preventing them from approaching the shore by tying them together.
In line with this decision, expert teams fixed some of the 30 floating islands in the dam lake by attaching weights to the ground, while others were tied to each other and their movement areas were restricted.
İbrahim Türkoğlu, one of the experts of the Natural Heritage Conservation Branch of the Adıyaman Provincial Directorate of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, stated that the floating islands in the Çat Dam Lake were destroyed by falling on the shore due to the decrease in the water flow and the wind, and this was prevented by the implementation of the project.
Türkoğlu stated that the earthquake did not cause any negative effects on the dam lake and floating islands, and noted that the floating islands began to host many visitors as life returned to normal.