Gagra Range

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Gagra mountains

Gagra Range (Georgian: გაგრის ქედი; Russian: Гагрский хребет) is a mountain range of the Greater Caucasus in Abkhazia.[notes 1] The range runs between the valleys of the Bzyb and Psou rivers to the south of the Caucasus Major, in a general North-South direction. The highest elevation is 2,256 m (Mount Agepsta).

The Gagra Range approaches the Black Sea close to the city of Gagra and plays an important role in moderating the climate of that resort by blocking cold, continental winds from the north and east.

The range is mostly made up of limestone, with pronounced karst topography and is characterized by many deep canyons created by rivers. The deepest cave in the world, the Voronya Cave, is located in the Arabika Massif of the Gagra Range.

A highway to Lake Ritsa runs by the range, along the Bzyb, Iupshara and Gega rivers.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Abkhazia is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of Georgia. The Republic of Abkhazia unilaterally declared independence on 23 July 1992, but Georgia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Abkhazia has received formal recognition as an independent state from 5 out of 193 United Nations member states.

Coordinates: 43°29′54″N 40°12′50″E / 43.49833°N 40.21389°E / 43.49833; 40.21389

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