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ZLATOPOLJE  -  ЗЛАТОПОЉЕ
The Devon Karst Research Society.
The Karstography of the DINARIC KARST IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Part 5.3.  Eastern Herzegovina.
SLATO POLJE  -  СЛАТО ПОЉЕ
Slato Polje, BiH-RS Trebinje Region - Nevesinje Municipality.

Homepage for the series of Webpages dedicated to Slato Polje.
Updated 28 October 2006

The information that we hold about this small Dinaric Karst Polje is also small but is now due to increase year on year. This is as a result of the area being within the geographical range of the Society's Main Project in Bosnia & Herzegovina. As a result, we have decided to replicate the presentational format of the Fatničko Polje Webpages, in order to shorten the lengths of the pages and to be able to offer more photographic material as a result. There are obvious gaps in the range of information that we are providing because our reconnaissance work in this Polje has only just begun. Further updates on the Slato Polje Webpages can only happen after our next reconaissance in 2007.
This Homepage for the Slato Polje series of Webpages offers the text and images of Section 1. as a general introduction to the area and then provides a list of Links connected with the remainder of this Series of dedicated Webpages.

SoP Section 1. Webpage Contents :

Introduction (opposite).
Historical (opposite).
SoP Maps.
Index of Links to the Slato Polje Webpages.

Click on the underlined Links above to move
down to the Sections quickly.
 

Section 1.0.    GENERAL DESCRIPTION  -  GENERALNI OPIS  -  ГЕНЕРАЛНИ ОПИС :

This very small karst polje is situated in the Dinaric Karst and north-westerly within the area known as Eastern Herzegovina. The nearest large urban conurbation is Nevesinje, 15 km. by road to the north. The main settlement in the Polje, in its south-western corner and after which it is named, is Slato which is situated at an elevation of 950 m.asl. and 145 km. by road from Sarajevo.

HISTORICAL :
In his book "Wasserbauten in Bosnien und der Hercegovina.  1. Theil - Meliorationsarbeiten und Cisternen im Karstgebiete", (1896),* Philipp Ballif.gives us an analysis of the polje-floor useage of "Zlatopolje" at the time of his survey of the area. He reported that in general, Slato Polje was of "Tolerable quality to support cultivation" and that 30% of the polje-floor was arable land given over to agriculture for Wheat, Oats and Corn and 70% was given over for meadows."

We have no comparative data about the present ground-useage of this karst polje. The images below give a general, rather than specific, indication of ground-useage. Most of the flat polje-floor area is now grass pastureland used for sheep grazing purposes. A few tree plantations are established in the north-western area.

Slato Polje Statistics :

Area  =..2.1 km².  /  210 ha.  /  519 acres.
Polje-floor Elevation  =..1020 m - 1060 m asl.
....(3346 ft - 3478 ft asl.)
Length  =..2.1 km.
Average width  =..1.0 km.
Polje Type  =..Closed Karst Polje.
Drainage system  =..Ponors only.


The Villages in Slato Polje.
There are 7 village settlements in Slato Polje.
These are Cernica, Osojani, G. Pandurica, Savići,
Slato, Valovi, Zajasen.
As they become available, a few general views
of each of these will be posted below.
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Selo Savići :


This view shows part of the necropolis at the north-western end of Selo Savići. Here is the rough track leading in to the south perimeter of the polje and the ponors.
(Photo :  Igor Trklja, 10 September 2006.)


This view shows another part of the necropolis at the north-western end of Selo Savići with a clearly Christian origin.
(Photo :  Igor Trklja, 10 September 2006.)

Road access into and along this karst polje is extremely limited and should not be undertaken without a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Indeed, the polje area contains no roads but only rough tracks. It is best accessible in the dry summer months. During the wet winter period, a full sized truck is the only means by which the area remains accessible! With a few exceptions, the area is generally devoid of all modern infrastructure and facilities.

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Photo SoP1.1. (above-left) - An example of a good track leading into Slato Polje from the west.  (Photo :  Igor Trklja, 10 September 2006.)
Photo SoP1.2. (above-right) - A general view of Slato Polje from the necropolis at the edge of the village of Savići, looking towards the village of Cernica in the north-west corner.
(Photo :  B. Lewarne, 10 September 2006.)


Photo SoP1.3. (above-right) - A general view of Slato Polje from below the village of Savići near Ponor "Mlinica", looking towards the north-east end.
(Photo :  B. Lewarne, 10 September 2006.)

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SLATO POLJE MAPS.
We can offer a good plan-view of the layout of the polje-floor areas by way of a single image scanned from the former Yugoslav 1 : 25 000 Survey,
Sheet 575-4-1. Nevesinje (Slato), dated 1974.
The topographic details on the old Yugoslav maps of
Bosnia & Herzegovina are those portrayed with great
accuracy on the earlier Maps produced under the
Austro-Hungarian Administration.

SoP1M...MAP OF SLATO POLJE
Whole Polje.
Taken from the SFR Yugoslavia 1 : 25 000 Series.
[Click on the Link above to go to the Slato Polje Maps Link-Page].

The polje is formed and orientated along a regional reverse structure in Eocene Flysch sediments and partly in conglomerates of the Promina Formation. This is the same reverse fault which formed Cerničko Polje. The south edge of the polje is formed in Cretaceous Limestone and in which are formed the ponors which drain the polje. In periods of high rainfall this polje temporarily floods.
The lowest area of the polje is in the vicinity of Ponor "Mlinica" (1020m.asl. - 3346 ft.asl.) on the southern edge of the polje.

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Index of Links to the
Slato Polje Series of Webpages
(opposite)
INDEX OF LINKS TO OTHER INFORMATION SECTIONS IN THE SERIES OF WEBPAGES FOR SLATO POLJE :
LINKS WILL BE ACTIVATED AS THE RELEVANT INFORMATION IS WEB-PUBLISHED.
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.....Section 1.....General Description  -  Generalni Opis  -  Генерални Опис : (Given on this Webpage).
.....Section 2.....Karst Hydrology & Hydrogeology  -  Hidrologija i Hidrogeologija Karsta  -  Хидрологија и Хидрогеологија Карста :
.....Section 3.....Karst Springs  -  Kraški Izvori i Vrela  -  Крашки Извори и Врело :
.....Section 4.....Rivers & Streams  -  Rijeke i Potoci  -  Ријеке и Потоци :
.....Section 5.....The Periodic Lake  -  Periodično Jezero  -  Периодично Језеро :
.....Section 6.....Ponors  -  Ponori  -  Понори :
.....Section 7.....Estavelles  -  Estavele  -  Еставеле :
.....Section 8.....Shafts & Caves  -  Jame i Pećine  -  Јаме и Пећине :
.....Section 9.....Dolines & Uvalas  -  Vrtača i Uvale  -  Вртача и Увале :
.....Section 10...Bibliography  -  Bibliografija  - Библиографиijа  :

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