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Geographical Determinants of Kaprije and Kakan Islands and Adjacent Islets, Croatia

Author(s): Damir Magaš | Josip Faričić | Maša Surić

Journal: Geoadria
ISSN 1331-2294

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 45;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Kaprije Island | Kakan Island | natural-geographical features | Croatia

The islands of Kaprije (6.97 km2) and Kakan (3.12 km2) are part of Šibenik islands, situated in the South Croatian (Dalmatian) archipelago. The paper deals with their natural-geographical basis in function of past development and potential one, within the framework of the project on small Croatian islands. Besides analysing their size and extent, the authors emphasize the importance of their geographical position, geologic composition and structure, geomorphologic, climatic, pedological, hydrogeographical and biogeographical characteristics. The importance of their carbonate structure, mediterranean climatic conditions, lack of water and importance of their autochthonous vegetation are analysed in the same function. Population, building of settlements and weekend houses, as well as land use on the islands mostly depend on their natural-geographic resources. The recent possibilities of development are also based on them. Depopulation and deagrarisation impact the landscape of the island, especially the settled island of Kaprije, which is being radically changed. Strong connection between the town of Šibenik and Kaprije Island, which essentially influenced historical-geographical development of the island, also effects the contemporary development, especially through a strong gravitational influence of Šibenik.

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