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TF. The. Aegean Zone. From the point where it begins to break through the rim of Taurus, the river known in its lower its is — THE AEGEAN ZONE 37 Dalaman Chai forms a distinct geograpliical boundary. Crossing it we enter an area which belongs to the west of the Anatolian peninsula. reaches as This western region of Asia IVIinor is very liighly diversihed. of the most varied conformation and direction Mountain ranges are divided by great from the edge valleys which in of the central some cases, stretch right down to a coast unmany important rivers.

Above which the Mehmedli Dagh, in which the system joins that of Messogis, not more than from 300 to 600 ft. The Tmolus system at its Avestern end falls to a broad depresOn the north-west side sion running between Torbaly and Nif rises . of this depression rises a high massif, with ridges lying generally north-east, known as Takhtaly or Dagh. Its grey walls, Mf though 6-7 miles distant from Smyrna, appear to overhang the town from near at hand. It is an outlying part of the continuous mountain wall on the north, the ancient Sipylos, from w'liich it is separated by the pass crossed by the main caravan road from Smyrna into the Gediz Chai valley.

Its upper stream is formed by the brooks which drain the Chavdyr Hissar plateau, from which it emerges to tiow north-north-west as the Chavdyr Hissar Chai. Some miles south of Tavshanly the valley opens out to the basin in which that ])laee lies. V[) to this point, owing to the plateau-like nature of the; coiuitry, the curixnit is fairly slow and the stream- bed is not Fi'om here the river begins to bi'eak through cut. the plateau and the valley deepens, still keeping the same tlee[)lv' general direction.

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