Zonguldak

Zonguldak

 

With its population of 619.812 and an area of 3.309 km², Zonguldak is surrounded by the Black sea to the north, Bartın to the northeast, Karabük to the east, Bolu to the south and Düzce to the west. Our province, close to the big provinces like Ankara and Istanbul has only one airport called Saltukova Airport. Zonguldak, comprising 6 districts including Central District, Alaplı, Çaycuma, Devrek, Gökçebey and Krd. Ereğli, is under the effect of Black sea climate. Each season is rainy and warm but the most rainfall is seen in autumn and winter in Zonguldak. The lands of our province, 52% of which covers forestlands, was fragmented by a valley network, and Filyos Streamlet, Gülüç Streamlet, Devrek and Alaplı Rivers, Üzülmez and Kozlu Runnels are within the borders of the province.

 


Since 1830, there have been aluminum (boxide), iron, manganese, barite, dolomite, limestone, quartzite, schieferton fields as well as the coalfields as the primary resource in our province, which is known to be rich regarding its underground resources. Since the current natural resources shape economy in this direction, our province is one of the provinces that mostly has non-agricultural people. Kardemir, Erdemir and the Turkish Hard Coal Institution (TTK) are the most important institutions in our province. Zonguldak Karaelmas University, founded in 1992, revived the economy and social structure of our province. Zonguldak, an important attraction for nature lovers with its forests, plateaus, caves and natural beauties, is an alternative tourism route with Gökgöl Cave, Cehennemağzı Cave and Bacaklı Plateau, and it has important historical and archeological values, which are also mentioned in mythology like Kdz. Ereğli and Filyos.