Gulf of Mersin

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Gulf of Mersin (Turkish: Mersin Körfezi) is one of the widest gulfs in Turkey. It is in the northeast of the Levantine Sea between the gulfs of İskenderun and Antalya. ( The Levantine Sea is the easternmost part of the Mediterranean Sea.)

Location[edit]

The gulf of Mersin is between Taşucu 36°18′N 34°02′E / 36.300°N 34.033°E / 36.300; 34.033 in the west and Karataş 36°32′N 35°22′E / 36.533°N 35.367°E / 36.533; 35.367 in the east.[1][2] The total distance between these two points is approximately 115 km. ( ≈ 71 mi or 62 nmi). The city of Mersin is roughly at the center of the coastline. The total water surface is about 2 300 km2 ( ≈ 888 mi2 ) The deepest point is 365 m ( ≈ 1197 ft.) The western region of the gulf is slightly deeper than the eastern region.

Rivers[edit]

The main rivers to the gulf are Göksu in the west, Berdan (Tarsus) and Seyhan in the east. There are also a number of smaller rivers such as Alata, Limonlu,Tece, Mezitli and Müftü. (The smaller rivers usually have irregular flowrates depending on the season.)

Coastal settlement[edit]

The biggest city of the gulf is Mersin which is one of the metropolitan centers in Turkey. Port of Mersin with a well established harbor and related infrastructure is one of the biggest ports of Turkey. The port is mainly oriented towards export.

Erdemli which is in the west of Mersin is a district center. Taşucu and Karataş are smaller towns. In Taşucu, there is a minor port which is a terminal for Cyprus ferries. Just east of Taşucu there is a fishery in the delta of Göksu. Along the coast there are also coastal villages most of which are specialised in citrus production.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faik Sabri Duran, Büyük Atlas (İstanbul: Kanaat Yayınevi, 2001; ISBN 975-7537-04-7).
  2. ^ Türkiye Turizm Atlası 2009 (İstanbul: Boyut Yayıncılık, 2009; ISBN 978-975-23-0634-9).