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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.

Mountain Ranges of Southern Turkey and Cyprus

36.1N 33.4E

December 9th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Turkey - November 25th, 2011

The Taurus Mountains can be seen running through the center of this image, dividing 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 rivers in the east. It has many peaks rising above 3,000–3,700 m, (10,000–12,000 ft).

Two other mountain ranges can also be observed on the island nation of Cyprus, to the south: Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range. They encompass a central plain, the Mesaoria.  The Troodos Mountains cover most of the southern and western portions of the island and account for roughly half its area. The highest point on Cyprus is Mount Olympus at 1,952 m (6,404 ft), located in the centre of the Troodos range. The narrow Kyrenia Range, extending along the northern coastline, occupies substantially less area, and elevations are lower, reaching a maximum of 1,024 m (3,360 ft).

Cyprus, Syria, and Taurus Mountains in Turkey

36.2N 35.3E

June 22nd, 2011 Category: Mountains

Cyprus - June 20th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the eastern Mediterranean Sea, including Cyprus (the island in the lower left quadrant), Turkey (above) and Syria (lower right quadrant).

Visible in Turkey are the Taurus Mountains, a mountain complex in southern Turkey, from which the Euphrates and Tigris descend into Iraq. It divides the Mediterranean coastal region of southern Turkey from the central Anatolian Plateau.

Mountains of Central and Eastern Turkey

38.7N 34.2E

July 15th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Turkey - July 4th, 2010

Turkey - July 4th, 2010

Central and eastern Turkey, a transcontinental Eurasian country, can be observed here. The territory of Turkey is more than 1,600 kilometres (1,000 mi) long and 800 km (500 mi) wide, with a roughly rectangular shape.

The Asian part of the country, Anatolia, consists of a high central plateau with narrow coastal plains, between the Köroğlu and Pontic mountain ranges to the north and the Taurus Mountains to the south. 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).

Upon opening the full image, these areas of mountain ranges and plains can be observed clearly. The higher elevations near the northern coast are capped with clouds, while those to the south are clear.

Lake Beyşehir and Taurus Mountains in Southern Turkey

37.7N 31.4E

June 22nd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Turkey - June 2nd, 2010

Turkey - June 2nd, 2010

Many lakes spot the landscape of southwestern Turkey’s Lakes Region (Göller Bölgesi). One distinguishes itself from the rest by its bright turquoise color: Lake Beyşehir (Turkish: Beyşehir Gölü). It is a large freshwater lake in Isparta and Konya provinces.

The lake has an area of 650.00 km² and is 45 km long and 20 km wide. Its maximum depth is 10 meters, although water level in the lake often fluctuates by year and by season. Lake Beyşehir is used for irrigation, although it is also a national park.

The surrounding landscape is a mixture of dark green mountains and hills and tan lowlands. The highlands include the Taurus Mountains (Turkish: Toros Dağları), a mountain complex in southern Turkey that divides the Mediterranean coastal region of southern Turkey from the central Anatolian Plateau.