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Sari and the Alborz Mountains, Northern Iran

36.5N 53.0E

December 31st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Iran - December 14th, 2009

Iran - December 14th, 2009

This orthorectified image stretches from the southern coast of the Caspian Sea to the northern slopes of the Alborz Mountains in Iran. The large white patch is the city of Sari, the provincial capital of Mazandaran. Its population is estimated to be 261,293, as of 2006, and it has a land area of 5,089 square kilometers.

The Alborz Mountains in northern Iran stretch from the borders of Armenia in the northwest to the southern end of the Caspian Sea, and end in the east at the borders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. The tallest mountain in the Middle East, Mount Damavand, is located in the range.

The Alborz mountain range forms a barrier between the south Caspian and the Qazvin-Tehran plateau. It is only 60-130 km wide and consists of sedimentary series dating from Upper Devonian to Oligocene, prevalently Jurassic limestone over a granite core.

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