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Kirthar Mountains Extending to Arabian Sea, Pakistan

24.8N 67.0E

October 16th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Pakistan - October 5th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Kirthar Mountains, located in the Balochistan and Sindh provinces of Pakistan. The range extends southward for about 190 miles (300 km) from the Mula River in east-central Balochistan to Cape Monze (Muari) west of Karachi on the Arabian Sea. Karachi can be observed in the lower left quadrant as a bright white area by the shores of the Arabian Sea.

The Kirthar Range forms the boundary between the Lower Indus Plain (east) and southern Balochistan (west). It consists of a series of parallel rock hill ridges rising from 4,000 feet (1,200 m) in the south to nearly 8,000 feet (2,500 m) in the north.

Kirthar has a simple mountain structure of the regular anticlinal type, with the arches steepest towards the north and the west and gently dipping towards the south and the valley of the Indus.

The maximum elevation in the Sindh Segment of Kirthar Mountains was reported in April 2009 as 7,056 feet above sea-level, which would make it the highest peak of Sindh, situated a few miles north-west of the upcoming Gorakh Hill Station which is at 5,688 feet.

The next highest Peak of Sindh is a 6880 feet high peak, known locally as Kutte-ji-Kabar (Dog’s Tomb). There are also a number of other peaks in the Sindh segment of Kirthar Mountains exceeding 5,500 feet; these all receive occasional snowfall during the winter rains.

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