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Parağaçay is located in Azerbaijan
Coordinates: 39°05′48″N 45°56′15″E / 39.09667°N 45.93750°E / 39.09667; 45.93750Coordinates: 39°05′48″N 45°56′15″E / 39.09667°N 45.93750°E / 39.09667; 45.93750
Country  Azerbaijan
Autonomous republic Nakhchivan
Rayon Ordubad
Population (2000)[citation needed]
 • Total 102
Time zone AZT (UTC+4)

Parağaçay (also, Paragachay) is an urban-type settlement and the least populous municipality in the Ordubad Rayon of Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. It is located in the west of the Ordubad-Tivi highway, 52 km in the north-east from the district center, on the right bank of the Gilanchay River, at the slope of the Zangezur ridge. Its population is busy with gardening, vegetable-growing and animal husbandry. It has a population of 102.[1]


The settlement which was built in connection with production of the Molybdenum in 1939, has got its name from the same named river which is flows near the village. And the name of the Paragachay River is related with the name of the Parağa (Paragha) village and means "river which flows through the Paragha village". According to some researchers, the name of the Parağa village made out from the components of the Turkic word of para (village) and Persian word of gah (location) means "the place of the village" or "the place on the other bank". In the dialect of the Nakhchivan of the Azerbaijani language, the word of parağa means "foothill of the mountain", "slope of the mountain", and this is related with the geographical location of the settlement.[2]

Paraghachay Molybdenum Field[edit]

Paraghachay Molybdenum Field - is in the Ordubad region, 2300-2800 m above the sea level. It occupies the central part of the same named ore area. In the its geological structure are participate the rocks of gabbro-diorite and diorite, as well as the lamprofir and diorite-porfrits. The mineralization of copper-molybdenum, is the type of the vein and vein zones; 280⁰-310⁰ north-west and 60⁰-20⁰ north-east of the direction is related with deterioration. It is known the significant of exploitation vein of the quartz-molybdenum at the field. The main ore minerals: pyrite, khalkopyt, molybdenite. According to the signs of texture, the ores are strip-shaped. The field has been given to the exploitation since 1952, at present its operation was stopped.[1]


  1. ^ a b ANAS, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (2005). Nakhchivan Encyclopedia. volume II. Baku: ANAS. p. 217. ISBN 5-8066-1468-9. 
  2. ^ Encyclopedic dictionary of Azerbaijan toponyms. In two volumes. Volume I. p. 304. Baku: "East-West". 2007. ISBN 978-9952-34-155-3.