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Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve

The Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve is situated in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania in northern Germany. It is located between the cities of Hamburg, Lübeck and Schwerin. The reserve covers 309 km² of a diverse landscape around Schaalsee. This lake is filling up 24 km² of a glacial tongue basin formed during the Weichsel glacial period. The area once was part of the iron curtain between the East and West Germany and is now an element of pan European green belt. The Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve entered in the list of biosphere reserves of UNESCO in 2000.