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Mountainous Provinces of Antalya and Mersin by Turkish Coast

36.2N 32.1E

February 9th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Turkey - January 2nd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the coast of Antalya (west) and Mersin (east) Provinces, in southern Turkey. Antalya Province is located on the Mediterranean coast of south-west Turkey, between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean sea. The province covers an area of 26% (20591 sq m) of Turkey. The land of the province is 77.8% mountainous, 10.2% plain and 12% uneven. Many of the peaks of the Taurus mountains are above 500–3000 metres.

The Mersin Province is a province in southern Turkey, on the Mediterranean coast between Antalya and Adana. 87% of the land area is mountain, leading up to the rocky heights of the central Taurus Mountains, the highest peak is Medetsiz (3,584 m) in the Bolkar range, and there are a number of important passes over to central Anatolia. There are many high meadows and small plains between 700 and 1500m. The coastal strip has many large areas of flatland, formed from soil brought down by rivers and streams running off the mountains.

Lakes Eğirdir and Beyşehir, North of Antalya in Turkey – December 8th, 2009

36.8N 30.7E

December 8th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Turkey - November 19th, 2009

Turkey - November 19th, 2009

Lakes Eğirdir (left) and Beyşehir (right), in the Göller Bölgesi (Lakes Region) of Turkey appear bright green in contrast with the darker colors of the surrounding Western Taurus Mountains.

Lake Beyşehir has a surface area of 650 km², making it the third largest lake in Turkey and the largest freshwater lake in the country. It is used for irrigation and its water level tends to fluctuate.

Lake Eğirdir is slightly smaller in terms of surface area, at482 km2. This makes it the fourth largest lake in Turkey and the country’s second largest freshwater lake.

South of the lakes, along the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey, is the city of Antalya, the capital of Antalya Province. Situated on coastal cliffs, Antalya is surrounded by mountains.

The Taurus mountain range of southern Anatolia runs parallel to the Mediterranean in an east-west direction, resulting in the formation of narrow coastal plains surrounded by mountains on three sides and the sea on the fourth. Some parts of the coast feature mountains plunging sharply into the sea, forming small natural bays and peninsulas.

Antalya is situated on one such plain where the mountains recede from the shore, consisting of two flat areas formed of travertine rock at a mean height of 35 metres (115 ft); the town center is located on the rocky plain closest the coast, with urban sprawl extending to the Kepezüstü Plain further inland.