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Turkey, between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean

38.2N 34.4E

July 14th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

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Turkey is encircled by seas on three sides: the Aegean Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Turkey also contains the Sea of Marmara in the northwest (a small part of which is visible at the left edge).

Here, the island nation of Cyprus is also visible in the Mediterranean, south of Turkey, as is coastal Syria, in the lower right quadrant.

Turkey has a high central plateau with narrow coastal plains, between the Köroğlu and East-Black Sea mountain range to the north and the Taurus Mountains to the south. As a general trend, the inland Anatolian plateau becomes increasingly rugged as it progresses eastward.The uneven northern terrain running along the Black Sea resembles a long, narrow belt.

Eastern Turkey has a more mountainous landscape, and is home to the sources of rivers such as the Euphrates, Tigris and Aras, and contains Lake Van and Mount Ararat, Turkey’s highest point at 5,165 metres (16,946 ft).

The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Mediterranean Sea have a temperate Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet and cold winters.

Conditions can be much harsher in the more arid interior. Mountains close to the coast prevent Mediterranean influences from extending inland, giving the central Anatolian plateau of the interior of Turkey a continental climate with sharply contrasting seasons. Winters on the plateau are especially severe, while summers are hot and dry.

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