Valleys and Mountains by Turkey’s West Coast38.1N 27.0E
Surrounded by water on three sides and protected by high mountains along its eastern border, Turkey generally has well-defined natural borders. This image focuses on the western coastal areas of the country, bordering the Aegean Sea. Visible offshore are some of the Aegean Islands, although most belong to Greece despite their close proximity to the Turkish mainland.
The coastal regions bordering the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas have a temperate Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters. While the lowlands have fertile soil and are usually used for agriculture, mountains can be seen as well, particularly as one moves eastward.