Taurus Mountains (Toroslar): Range, Location, and Features!
The Taurus Mountains are located in Turkey’s Mediterranean region. It stretches parallel to the coast for approximately 560 kilometers (348 miles). It is also accepted as a border that separates the Central Anatolia Region and Mediterranean Region, two of the seven regions of Turkey. After the Pontus Mountain chain, it is Turkey’s second most tortuous mountains.
The Taurus Mountains start from Eğridir Lake in the west and after a long bend, it extends to the upper part of the Fırat River in the East. Its northeast extension along the Seyhan river near Adana city, which is the 5th biggest city of Turkey, is called Anti-Taurus.
The Taurus Mountains were formed as a result of the collision of the European and African plates millions of years ago. Over time, Limestone has eroded, forming Asia’s largest caves, waterfalls, underground rivers, and magnificent landscapes. It is possible to see them with the naked eye, especially in Yedigöller Valley.
The highest summits of the Taurus Mountain are: Demirkazik (3,756 meters) between Nigde and Adana provinces; Emler and Kizilkaya (both 3,723 meters) in the center; Nemrut in the northeast extension along the Seyhan river; Erciyes in Kayseri (3,916 meters) is also considered part of the Taurus Mountain even though it’s located in central Anatolia.
Some of these summits have glaciers on top with a small lake as well. These peaks are very difficult to climb, rugged, and quite rocky. However, it has stunning views and offers unforgettable experiences for climbers. Another attractive side of Taurus Mountain is: it is the second-highest mountain after Ağrı Mountain / Mount Ararat.
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