Geography

Mljet lies south of the Pelješac peninsula, from which it is divided by the Mljet Channel. Its length is 37 kilometres (23 mi); its average breadth 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi). It is of volcanic origin,[citation needed] with numerous chasms and gorges, of which the longest, the Babino Polje, connects the north and south of the island. Port Polače, the principal harbour in the north, is a port of call for tourist ferries. Mljet contains one hotel—The Odisej (from the Greek Odysseus) in the north-west corner of the island.

The northwestern part of the island includes an inland sea as well as a small island within it. It has been a national park since November 12, 1960.

Ancient Greeks called the island “Melita” or “honey” which over the centuries evolved to become the Slavic name, Mljet (pronounced [mʎɛt]).

Over 84% of the island of 98.01 square kilometres (37.84 sq mi) is forest.[8] The island’s geological structure consists of limestone anddolomite forming ridges, crests and slopes. A few depressions on the island of Mljet are below sea level and are known as blatine (“mud-lakes”) or slatine (“salt-lakes”). During the rain seasons all blatine are filled with water and turn to brackish during dry seasons.

The climate is Mediterranean; an average air temperature in January is 9 °C (48 °F) and in July about 24 °C (75 °F).

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