Pannonian Basin

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The Pannonian Basin or Carpathian Basin is a large basin in Central Europe. The basin covers all of Hungary and Slovakia, as well as parts of Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia, Austria and Ukraine. It forms a topographically discrete unit set in the European landscape, surrounded by imposing geographic boundaries. The rivers Danube and Tisza divide the basin roughly in half.

The geomorphological term Pannonian Plain is more widely used for roughly the same region though with a somewhat different sense (meaning only the lowlands). The term "Pannonian Basin" was not in use until the end of World War I. The usage of "Pannonian Basin" or "Pannonian Plain" also causes semantic problems, because this term was constructed from the name of Pannonia, an ancient province of the Roman Empire. However the territorial parity of ancient Pannonia and the modern Pannonian Basin is low.


The term Carpathian Basin (named like this because of the long Carpathian border) has been translated from Hungarian literature, while the South Slavic languages, as well as Slovak and German, use the corresponding terms of Pannonian Basin. In English, both names can be used.

In Hungarian, the basin is known as Kárpát-medence, in Serbian Панонски басен/ Panonski basen, in Bosnian as Panonska nizija,...
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