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Batumi, Georgia, on Black Sea Coast

June 3rd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Georgia - May 17th, 2009

Georgia - May 17th, 2009

Several rivers release sediments into the Black Sea. The one with the greatest discharge is just south of Batumi, a port on the coast and the capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia.

Batumi, visible here as a tan patch on the coast, with its large port and commercial center, is also the last stop of the Transcaucasian Railway and the Baku oil pipeline. It is situated some 20 km (12 mi) from the Turkish border, in a subtropical zone, rich in citrus fruit and tea.

Its climate is heavily influenced by the onshore flow from the Black Sea and the city is subject to the orographic effect of the nearby hills and mountains, resulting in significant rainfall throughout most of the year, making Batumi the wettest city in both Georgia and the entire Caucasus Region.

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