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Pannonian Plain, Serbia

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I took this shot from a Wizzair branded window seat. I think they washed the windows but the glass might still have affected the vividness of the colors. I did a guess on the map. Let me know if anyone recognizes this patchwork landscape.


The Pannonian Basin is situated in the southeastern part of Central Europe, or at the boundary between Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. It forms a topographically discrete unit set in the European landscape, surrounded by imposing geographic boundaries - the Carpathian Mountains, the Alps, the Dinarides and the Balkan mountains. The rivers Danube and Tisza divide the basin roughly in half. It extends roughly between Vienna in the northwest, Zagreb in the southwest, Belgrade in the southeast and Satu Mare in the northeast. In terms of modern state boundaries, the basin is centered on the territory of the Republic of Hungary, but it also extends to Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia, Croatia proper and Slavonia in the Republic of Croatia, western Slovakia, the Eastern Slovak Lowland (including the southwestern tip of Ukraine), besides the border regions of northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, western Transylvania in Romania, and the eastern tips of Slovenia and Austria.


Although rain is not plentiful, it usually falls when necessary and the plain is a major agricultural area; it is sometimes said that these fields of rich loamy loess soil could feed the whole of Europe. For its early settlers, the plain offered few sources of metals or stone. Thus when archaeologists come upon objects of obsidian or chert, copper or gold, they have almost unparalleled opportunities to interpret ancient pathways of trade. Plain

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Taken in October 2008