Taurus Mountains Natural Landscapes

Taurus Mountains
The Taurus Mountains (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_language: Toros Dağları, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greek: Όρη Ταύρου) are a en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_range in southern en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey, dividing thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_Region,_Turkey of southern Turkey from the central en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatolia#Anatolian_plateau. The system extends along a curve from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_E%C4%9Firdir in the west to the upper reaches of the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphrates and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigris rivers in the east. It is a part of the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpide_belt in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasia.The Taurus mountains are divided into three chains from west to east as follows;

Western Taurus (Batı Toroslar)Akdağlar, the Bey Mountains, Katrancık Mountain, Geyik Mountain[/*][/list][/*]Central Taurus (Orta Toroslar)Akçalı Mountains, Bolkar Mountains, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Taurus_Mountains, Tahtalı Mountain[/*][/list][/*]Southeastern Taurus (Güneydoğu Toroslar)[/*]Nurhak Mountains, Malatya Mountains, Maden Mountains, Genç Mountains, Bitlis mountains[/*][/list]
[/*]HistoricalThe bull was commonly the symbol and depiction of ancient Near Eastern storm gods, hence Taurus the bull, etc., and hence the name of the mountains. The mountains are a place of many ancient storm-god temples (Alberto Ravinell and Whitney Green, The Storm-god in the Ancient Near East, p. 126). Torrential thunderstorms in these mountains were deemed by the ancient Syrians to be the work of the storm-god Adad to make the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigris and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphrates rivers rise and flood and thereby fertilise their land (H.W.F. Saggs, The greatness that was Babylon: a survey of the ancient civilization of the Tigris-Euphrates Valley, Sidgwick & Jackson, 2nd Revised edition, 1988, p. 380). The en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurrians, probably originators of the various storm-gods of the ancient Near East, were a people whom modern scholars place in the Taurus Mountains at their probable earliest origins.

A en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_Age archaeological site, where early evidence of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mining was found, is at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kestel.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taurus_Mo[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citing_sources] The pass known in antiquity as the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cilician_Gates crosses the range north of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarsus_(city).

During en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I, a German and Turkish railway system through the Taurus Mountains proved to be a major strategic objective of the Allies. This region was specifically mentioned as a strategically controlled objective slated for surrender to the Allies in the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice, which ended hostilities against the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman_Empire.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T

GeographyIn the Aladaglar and Bolkar mountains, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limestone has eroded to form en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karst landscapes of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterfall, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_river, and some of the largest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia. The en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manavgat_River originates on the southern slopes of the Beydaglari range.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taurus_Mountains#cite_note-3

AttractionsIn addition to hiking and mountain climbing,en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taurus_Mountains#cite_note-AAT-4 there are two en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski_resort on the mountain range, one at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davras about 25 km (16 mi) from the two nearest towns of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egirdir and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isparta, the second ishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakl%C4%B1kent 40 km (25 mi) from the city of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antalya.

The en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varda_Viaduct, situated on the railway lines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konya-en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adana at Hacıkırı village in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adana_Province, is a 98 m (322 ft) high railway bridge constructed in the 1910s by en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany.