The Caucasus Mountains is a mountain system in Eurasia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the Caucasus region. It is made up of two separate mountain systems: the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and the Lesser Caucasus Mountains, which run parallel to the greater range at a distance averaging about 100 km (60 mi) south.
In this orthorectified image, some of the slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in southern Russia, just north of the border with Georgia, can be seen. The Russian terrain here is part of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, west, and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, east.
Located in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic is the highest peak in the Caucasus ranges: Mount Elbrus. This volcanic mountain rises to a height of 18,506 feet (5,642 meters) above sea level. The highest peak in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, on the other hand, is Mount Dzhimara at 4,780 m.