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CENTRAL ANATOLIA REGION

CENTRAL ANATOLIA REGION

Region covering the center of Anatolia, has wide plains at an altitude of 1,000 meters. The highest points of the mountains bordering north and south are Mount Erciyes (3917 m) and Mount Hasan (3268 m) which are formed from lava and tuff that old volcanoes spewed out. This volcanic terrain has provided world-famous Cappadocia to be formed by both nature and humans due to its easy process ability.

 

Summers are hot and dry that mountain ranges in the north and south don’t allow the sea effect to enter the region. Forest areas are very rare due to climate and grain products such as wheat and barley have become important in wide agricultural areas. Sheep and Angora goat are grown in the region where small cattle raising are also prevalent. Salt Kale which is Turkey’s second largest lake is in the center of the region. The lake, located in the intersection point of Ankara-Konya-Antalya, is the salt production center at the same time. Its area gets smaller due to being dried in summers.

 

Ankara, the capital and second biggest city of Turkey is located in the north of the region. Cities such as Konya, Kayseri and Sivas which were the capital of Seljuk have a rich historical heritage.