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THE KAPvAMANIAN ZONE 35 the south-east, forminj]f an angle pointing at Adah'n. From this |)oint the edges run u'est to the Lycian mountains and noT'th to merge in the Pisidian mountains. Tlie plain, in so far as cultivated, is very fertile, hut population is sparse and tillage in a backward condition. The chief centre of population is the sea-port of Adalia. Gok Su Ermenek and Mut Valley are the principal centres of population upper valley of the Gok Su, but the most important part of the valley is the plain of Selefke through which the river runs to the sea.

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. Hence to the site of the ancient Magnesia, a distance of nearly 80 miles, the river continues westwards down a gradually widening valley-plaui the surface of which is a light sandy free from stones.

Uplands equalled for variety and giving exit to These valleys, produced by the general sinking of the land in remote geological periods, are at once the most fertile areas for cultivation, and the natural avenues of communication The region as a whole falls geographically Avith the interior. into five distinct parts. The area bounded on the east by the Dalaman Chai (1) and on the north by the lower Maeander valle}'. Chai. (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.

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