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Located in Ağrı province, the eastern part of Turkey near the Armenian and Iranian borders, Mount Ararat is a volcanic mountain that rises 5,165 meters (16,945 feet) high above sea level. It's considered as the largest single-mass or volume mountain in the world. It has got twin peaks known as the Great Peak with 16,916 feet height and the Little Peak with 12,840 feet. Most of Great Ararat is without trees, but Little Ararat is covered with birches. Both Great and Little Ararat consist entirely of volcanic rocks. There are no historic records of any eruption but with the findings of pyroclastic flows, artifacts from the early Bronze Age and remains of human bodies, it seems that Mount Ararat was active in the 3rd millennium BC. It is also known that it was shaken by a large earthquake in July 1840 and some sources say that there was an eruption by then.

Mount Ararat is said to be the legendary resting place of Noah’s Ark and a holy symbol for the Armenian culture. It represents the fatherland to the Armenians all around the world. It's mentioned in the book of Genesis as the resting place of Noah's Ark after the Flood. Therefore so many groups have explored Mount Ararat to find the legendary Ark for years. It's told in the Bible that the story of Noah's Ark is a revised version of an earlier Babylonian myth recorded in the Gilgamesh Epic which Babylonian story was based on a devastating flood in the Euphrates River (Fırat) basin. The biblical word that we read as "Ararat" could also be read as "Urartu". In that case, Urartu meant "a land far away", "a place in the north" and was the name of a historical kingdom.

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  • Copyright: Erol Sahin (seyyah81) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 66] (536)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-05-21
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.1
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-06-06 0:49
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