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Limestone Such where rising ground obstructs its course. for miles beneath the surface before Thus it happens that in many cases streams rock may run rivers reappearing. api^ear to rise full-grown, being fed by underground channels from valleys or basins from which th^y themselves are separ- ated by mountain ridges. The most important of the rivers which rise from or disappear into diidens are found above Adalia, in the valley of the Boghaz Su, which runs down from the Egerdir lake towards the Koghade Gol, and in the valleys of the Ak Su and Koprii Su.

Cultivation is scarce, although in spring the plain is covered for thousands of acres Avith a fine natural clover its popula; scanty, and extensive marshes lie along the course of the Jihan. The western section is uniformly fiat the eastern tion is ; dotted with isolated crags often crowned with ruined The total area castles, and rising up like islands in the sea. of the Cilician plain is about 1,750 square miles. plain is The plain of Cilicia is fertile, and But its chief importance lies in its of high economic value.

Lykos) Avhich drains the long trough extending eastwards as far as Bash Cheshme. The main riAcr noAV bends A\est. At the bridge opposite Serai Koi it is ovei' (50 ft. wide and THE AEGEAN ZONE 55 The \alloy plain is comparatively narrow some distance below Ortakche, at first between diluvial foothills and then for a short distance between the mountain slopes where the Chybukly Dagh projects up to the north apparently deep. till leaving a pass barely a mile wide for the river to traverse. Here the lower Maeander valley may be said to begin.

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