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2) The lower basins of the Maeander and the Gediz The Bergama region, including the mountain blocks (3) north and south of the Bakyr Chai valley. (4) The Mysian forest area north of the Marmara-Aegean watershed as far east as the Sakaria valley down to Adabazar. (5) A transition region to the central plateau covering the middle and upper basins of the Maeander and Gediz Chai. Maeander valley (1) In the mountain country south of the and west of the Dalaman Chai the spurs and outliers of Taurus come right down to the coast, which is consequently unprovided with a fertile hinterland and convenient lines of communication.

Ascania) is picturesquely situated between wooded from which it receives a number of small aflluents. outh. At different points, notably the eastern and western ends of the lak(\ there ar(> eonsiderahle stretches of cultivated plain. That at the western end is watered by an overflow stream the course of which has been controlled by embankments. The lake water is very brackish, but nevertlieless contains carp and other varieties as well as different kinds of shell-fish. Sabanja Got (anc. Sophon) lies at the extreme north-eastern limit of the area included in this volume.

The river valleys themselves are of very varied character. Several of the most important rivers rise on the plateau and for a good many miles of their course have only a slight fall. Consequently here they take winding courses and the geological formation is often such that the valley sides are PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY 52 abrupt, a ('liaractoristic wliich bocniiios nioro noticoablo tlio ,G;roat(U- the longili to which the plateau country extends. g. in the case of the Maeander, that the valleys become canyons which constitute serious obstacles, When once these rivers begin to traffic across the plateau.

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