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Koiliaris, the Anapodiaris, the Almiros, the Giofyros, and Megas Potamos. Lake Agia, which are both in Chania regional unit. Aghios Nikolaos, was formerly a freshwater lake but is now connected to the sea, in Lasithi. Lakes that were created by dams also exist in Crete.
There are three: the lake of Aposelemis dam, the lake of Potamos dam, and the lake of Mpramiana dam. A large number of islands, islets, and rocks hug the coast of Crete. The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea, while winter is fairly mild. Snowfall is common on the mountains between November and May, but rare in the low-lying areas. While some mountain tops are snow-capped for most of the year, near the coast snow only stays on the ground for a few minutes or hours. However, a truly exceptional cold snap swept the island in February 2004, during which period the whole island was blanketed with snow.
Crete is the most populous island in Greece with a population of more than 600,000 people. The economy of Crete is predominantly based on services and tourism. However, agriculture also plays an important role and Crete is one of the few Greek islands that can support itself independently without a tourism industry. The economy began to change visibly during the 1970s as tourism gained in importance. Until recently there were restrictions on the import of bananas to Greece, therefore bananas were grown on the island, predominantly in greenhouses. The first two serve international routes, acting as the main gateways to the island for travellers. There is a long-standing plan to replace Heraklion airport with a completely new airport at Kastelli, where there is presently an air force base.
Although the road network leads almost everywhere, there is a lack of modern highways, although this is gradually changing with the completion of the northern coastal spine highway. Also, during the 1930s there was a narrow-gauge industrial railway in Heraklion, from Giofyros in the west side of the city to the port. There are now no railway lines on Crete. The government is planning the construction of a line from Chania to Heraklion via Rethymno.
The port would handle 2 million containers per year, but the project has not been universally welcomed because of its environmental, economic and cultural impact. As of January 2013, the project has still not been confirmed, although there is mounting pressure to approve it, arising from Greece’s difficult economic situation. Hominids settled in Crete at least 130,000 years ago. Crete had a highly developed, literate civilization. Cretan government, it joined the Kingdom of Greece. Crete was settled by new waves of Greeks from the mainland.
Crete, so that there are very few literary sources. During the 6th to 4th centuries BC, Crete was comparatively free from warfare. In the late 4th century BC, the aristocratic order began to collapse due to endemic infighting among the elite, and Crete’s economy was weakened by prolonged wars between city states. When Diocletian redivided the Empire, Crete was placed, along with Cyrene, under the diocese of Moesia, and later by Constantine I to the diocese of Macedonia. Crete was separated from Cyrenaica c.