Slovenia, Land and Resources
Mount Triglav, Julian Alps, Drava, forested regions, linden tree
Slovenia is mountainous, much like Austria to the north and northern Italy to the west, and has heavily forested regions. The eastern third of the republic lies within the Karst, a barren limestone plateau broken by depressions and ridges. The highest point in the country, Mount Triglav, rises 2,863 m (9,393 ft) and forms part of the Julian Alps in the northwestern region of the republic. The Mura, Drava, and Sava rivers flow through the forested northeastern region of the republic. Southwestern Slovenia has a small stretch of coastline, extending 32 km (20 mi) along the Gulf of Venice (an arm of the Adriatic Sea).
Towns along the coastline enjoy a warm Mediterranean climate, while those in the mountains to the north often have harsh winters and rainy summers. The plateaus to the east, where Ljubljana is situated, have a more moderate continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold winters.
Two national symbols, the linden tree and the chamois (a shy, antelopelike animal), thrive throughout the republic. Coal is the most abundant natural resource in Slovenia; other resources include lead, zinc, mercury, uranium, and silver, as well as natural gas and petroleum.
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