The Physical Geography of The Balkans and Nomenclature of Place Names

  • Jane M. Reed
  • Boris Kryštufek
  • Warren J. Eastwood


The complexity of Balkan physical geography, together with its location in an important transition zone of faunal and floral influences, will have influenced greatly the evolution of Balkan biodiversity. This chapter gives a broad description of the geology, topography and climate of the Balkan Peninsula which serves as a reference point for subsequent specialist chapters on the biodiversity of the Balkan flora and fauna. Since some of the geographic boundaries of the Balkans are not well demarcated the chapter begins with a discussion of how the territory is defined. For the international audience, it includes a brief summary of the nomenclature used for geographic features whose names vary locally.


Continental Plate Balkan Peninsula Mountain Chain Adriatic Coast Danube Delta 
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  • Jane M. Reed
  • Boris Kryštufek
  • Warren J. Eastwood

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