Somkheti

Somkheti

 

a mountain range in the middle section of the Lesser Caucasus. The Somkheti Range is 75 km long and rises to an elevation of 2,543 m at Mount Lalvar. It is dissected by the transverse gorge of the Debed River. The range is composed of sedimentary volcanogenic rocks with intrusions of granitic rocks. The northern slope is covered with forests, and the southern slope with mountain steppe and scattered thickets. There is a copper-ore deposit (Alaverdi) on the southern slope.