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Old April 23rd, 2006, 09:45 PM   #1
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{ Lebanon Nature Gallery }

ok a lil bit about Lebanons geography to get things rolling... according to wikipedia:

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The area of Lebanon is approximately 10,452 square kilometers. The country is roughly rectangular in shape, becoming narrower toward the south and the farthest north. Its widest point is 88 kilometers, and its narrowest is 32 kilometers; the average width is about 56 kilometers.

The physical geography of Lebanon is influenced by natural systems that extend outside the country. Thus, the Biqa Valley is part of the Great Rift system, which stretches from southern Turkey to Mozambique in Africa. Like any mountainous country, Lebanon's physical geography is complex. Land forms, climate, soils, and vegetation differ markedly within short distances. There are also sharp changes in other elements of the environment, from good to poor soils, as one moves through the Lebanese mountains.

A major feature of Lebanese topography is the alternation of lowland and highland that runs generally parallel with a north-to-south orientation. There are four such longitudinal strips between the Mediterranean Sea and Syria: the coastal strip (or the maritime plain), western Lebanon, the central plateau, and eastern Lebanon (see fig. 3, Physical Features).

The extremely narrow coastal strip stretches along the shore of the eastern Mediterranean. Hemmed in between sea and mountain, the sahil, as it is called in Lebanon, is widest in the north near Tripoli, where it is only 6.5 kilometers wide. A few kilometers south at Juniyah the approximately 1.5-kilometer-wide plain is succeeded by foothills that rise steeply to 750 meters within 6.5 kilometers from the sea. For the most part, the coast is abrupt and rocky. The shoreline is regular with no deep estuary, gulf, or natural harbor. The maritime plain is especially productive of fruits and vegetables.



Climate

Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate characterized by a long, hot, and dry summer, and cool, rainy winter. Fall is a transitional season with a gradual lowering of temperature and little rain; spring occurs when the winter rains cause the vegetation to revive. Topographical variation creates local modifications of the basic climatic pattern. Along the coast, summers are hot and humid, with little or no rain. Heavy dews form, which are beneficial to agriculture. The daily range of temperature is not wide, although temperatures may reach above 38° C in the daytime and below 16° C at night. A west wind provides relief during the afternoon and evening; at night the wind direction is reversed, blowing from the land out to sea.

Winter is the rainy season, with major precipitation falling after December. Rainfall is generous but is concentrated during only a few days of the rainy season, falling in heavy cloudbursts. The amount of rainfall varies greatly from one year to another. Occasionally, there are frosts during the winter, and about once every fifteen years a light powdering of snow falls as far south as Beirut. A hot wind blowing from the Egyptian desert called the khamsin (Arabic for "fifty"), may provide a warming trend during the fall, but more often occurs during the spring. Bitterly cold winds may come from Europe. Along the coast the proximity to the sea provides a moderating influence on the climate, making the range of temperatures narrower than it is inland, but the temperatures are cooler in the northern parts of the coast where there is also more rain.

Area and boundaries

total: 10,452 km²
land: 10,280 km²
water: 170 km²

Land boundaries:
total: 454 km
border countries: Israel 79 km, Syria 375 km

Coastline: 210 km


Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 nautical miles

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
highest point: Qurnat as Sawda' 3,088 m
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Lebanon has a very 'breath taking' terrain imo... quite 'epic' lol

More pics to come.... feel free to contribute
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 09:58 PM   #2
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Wow, beautiful shugs, love them all, I will soon post my pictures up
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 10:31 PM   #3
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more nature

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hey man, ur pics arent showing, maybe u need to type in '[IMG]...[/IMG]' only once









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Old April 23rd, 2006, 10:58 PM   #5
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nice!
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 11:26 PM   #6
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wow, great country you have guys!
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amazing scenery
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Lebanon is one of the most beautiful places in the world
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Old April 24th, 2006, 12:27 AM   #9
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Lebanon is truly a lovely country
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Old April 24th, 2006, 06:39 AM   #11
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now that's what I call real nature in the Middle-East!
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Old April 24th, 2006, 07:28 AM   #13
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you guys should post more pictures of the Bekaa valley and the Kadisha Valley to
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Old April 24th, 2006, 06:30 PM   #14
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Sun Set from Shailé, Lebanon


Zahrani River


Chouf Mountains


Pigeon Rock, Beirut





Waterfalls in Baaklin - ElChouf




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Old April 25th, 2006, 03:59 AM   #15
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Beautiful pictures!
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It looks so Meditterranean.
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Old April 25th, 2006, 06:14 PM   #17
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Old April 26th, 2006, 07:22 AM   #18
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Old April 26th, 2006, 09:24 AM   #20
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wow Lebanon has the best Landscape in the region most pple in Austarlia thinks its all deresrt !!!
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