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Taurus Mountains North of Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast

March 14th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Turkey - March 1st, 2009

Turkey - March 1st, 2009

The snow-covered Taurus Mountains tower above the southern coast of Turkey along the Mediterranean Sea. In various places on the shore, rivers spill tan-colored sediments into the sea.

The Taurus Mountains are a mountain complex in southern Turkey, from which the Euphrates and Tigris descend into Syria and Iraq. They divide the Mediterranean coastal region of southern Turkey from the central Anatolian Plateau.

The system extends along a curve from Lake Eğirdir in the west to the upper reaches of the Euphrates and Tigris in the east. It has many peaks rising above 3,000–3,700 m, (10,000–12,000 ft).

The Taurus complex is divided into four ranges: the Beydaglari mountain range (western), the Aladaglar range (central), the Bolkar range (southeastern), and the Munzur mountain range (northeastern).

The flatter coastal region below has a Mediterranean climate characterized by warm, relatively humid winters and hot, dry summers. In winter, temperatures can reach as high as 24 degrees Celsius. In summer, temperatures are in the upper 30’s.

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