The Ararat Plain (Armenian: Արարատյան դաշտ Araratyan dasht), alternatively known as the Iğdır Plain (Turkish: Iğdır Ovası), is one of the largest plains of the Armenian Plateau. It stretches west of the Sevan basin, at the foothills of the Geghama mountains. In the north, the plain borders on Mount Aragats, and Mount Ararat in the south. It is divided into two sections by the Aras River, the northern part located in Armenia, and the southern part in Turkey. Turkish part of the plain is an Important Bird Area.
The Ararat plain and the Sevan basin experience abundant sunshine and are the sunniest areas in Armenia, receiving about 2,700 hours of sunshine a year. The shortest duration of sunshine is in mid-mountain areas of the forest zone (about 2,000 hours). In the foothills, there is rarely a sunless day between the months of June and October.
This area has been occupied since the Neolithic or the Early Chalcolithic times.
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