Dodecanese Geography

Information about the Geography of Dodecanese islands, in Greece: the Dodecanese is an island complex in the south-eastern Aegean Sea between Samos island, Cyclades islands, Crete island and the coasts of Minor Asia. The Dodecanese comprises of 18 large and smaller islands and many islets. The total population of Dodecanese is 162,493 people with Rhodes island as its capital.

The geography of Dodecanese is very diversifying on every island. The terrain of the Dodecanese islands is infertile and rocky and 42% of its total area is flat, 26% is gently sloping and 32% is mountainous. There are no rivers in the Dodecanese, although in many areas you will find running waters and streams. The Dodecanese are characterized for their volcanic activity with abundant mineral resources. The climate is quite mild like in all islands in the Aegean with mild winters and cool summers. Actually, it is known as the sunniest corner in Greece.

Every island in the Dodecanese develops its own economy. The largest of them there is constant cultivation of the land and a great number of the locals are involved in the sponge fishing that takes place along the coasts (mainly in Kalymnos island). Tourism plays a major role in the economy of Dodecanese.

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