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Alborz Mountains in Iran, South of Caspian Sea

36.5N 51.2E

September 24th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Caspian Sea - September 9th, 2011

Visible near the bottom edge of this image are the Alborz Mountains, in northern Iran, stretching from the borders of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the northwest to the southern end of the Caspian Sea, and ending in the east at the borders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.

The Alborz mountain range forms a barrier between the south Caspian and the Qazvin-Tehran plateau. It is only 60–130 km. Its higher elevations, in the Elburz Range forest steppe ecoregion, are arid with few trees, but its northern slopes, in the Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests ecoregion, are lush and forested. The tallest mountain in West Asia, Mount Damavand, is located in the range.


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