Southeastern Anatolian Region
Map of Southeastern Anatolian Region
The sparsely populated Eastern Anatolian Region of Turkey is covered with high mountains (the average elevation of the peaks being more than 3,000 meters). Many of the peaks are extinct volcanoes (with the traces of lava left behind confirming the fact that they have been active in the recent past). Mount Ararat, the supposed landing place of Noah`s Arc, is located in this region.
The productive, bountiful belts such as the Mus Valley (lying west of Lake Van) and the various river valleys are far for human inhabitation. The remaining of the Eastern Anatolian Region comprising the northern rugged highlands (referred to as Turkey`s Siberia), the craggy mountains and the vast lands of the eastern region are barren wasteland without any capacity to support human survival.