Slovenske gorice and Dravsko polje

Dravsko polje is an extensive flat part of Styria on the right bank of the Drava River. Roughly, it covers a territory of a triangular shape, between Maribor, Ptuj and Prager. The average altitude of the field is 250 meters above sea level. Dravsko polje is surrounded by Pohorje in the west, Slovenske gorica in the north, and Haloze and Dravinjska gorica in the south. In the east (around Ptuj), from the left bank of the Drava towards Ormož, the plain part continues as the Ptuj field.

Slovenske gorice are hills in north-eastern Slovenia and with an area of around 1017 km2 are the largest Slovenian hills. They lie in northeastern Slovenia and are geographically divided into Zahodne Slovenske gorice and Ljutomersko-Ormoške Slovenske gorice (also called Prlekija or Vzhodne Slovenske gorice). The tops of the hills reach up to 300 or 400 meters above sea level. Slovenske Gorice borders the Mura River in the east and north, the Apaška Polje in the northwest, the Drava River in the west, and the border with Croatia in the south. The region is characterized by a sub-Pannonian climate with a pronounced thermal cycle, the average amount of annual precipitation is 1000 mm/m2. According to data from 1991, 92,320 inhabitants lived in the area of Slovenske gorice, and the wider area is characterized by emigration.

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