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Erenik in Gjakova
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationĐeravica peak, Prokletije mountains, Kosovo
 ⁃ location
White Drin, east of Gjakova, Kosovo
 ⁃ coordinates
42°21′51″N 20°31′36″E / 42.3641°N 20.5266°E / 42.3641; 20.5266Coordinates: 42°21′51″N 20°31′36″E / 42.3641°N 20.5266°E / 42.3641; 20.5266
Length51 km (32 mi)
Basin size516 km2 (199 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionWhite DrinDrinAdriatic Sea

The Erenik (Albanian: Erenik; Serbian Cyrillic: Ереник / Рибник), or the Ribnik, is a river in Kosovo[a]. Located in the west of the country, it measures 51 km (32 mi)-long, a right tributary to the White Drin.

The Erenik originates near the Albanian border, in the northern slopes of the Junik Mountains, a part of the Prokletije massif, under the Đeravica peak (2,656 m or 8,714 ft), the highest of such in Kosovo. The river flows to the south and south-east, following the eastern edge of the Prokletije mountains, dividing them from the western region.

Before passing through Gjakova, there is a string of settlements: the villages of Jasiċ, Nivokaz and Ponoševac, the small town of Junik and the village and mine of Babaj Boks. It receives many streams from the right, flowing down from the Prokletije mountains (most notably, Šlepica and Rečica), but the Erenik's major tributaries are from its western side (Trava and Loćanska Bistrica).

After Gjakova, the Erenik flows beside the villages of Rača and Bistražin, soon emptying into the White Drin near the village and hill of Gradište. The river formed an epigene gallery feature called Švanjski most in the hill. The river valley in this final section serves as a part of the route of the Peć-Gjakova-Prizren road.

The Erenik belongs to the Adriatic Sea drainage basin, draining an area of 516 km2 (199 sq mi). It is not navigable.

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  1. ^ a b Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 12 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.


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