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Zagros

(zăg`rŏs), mountain system of W Iran, extending c.1,100 mi (1,770 km) from the Turkish-Armenian frontier SE to the Strait of Hormuz, forming the western and southern border of the central Iranian plateau; rises to Mt. Sabalan, 15,592 ft (4,752 m) high. The Zagros vary from the rugged, forested, and snowcapped mountains of the northwest, with numerous volcanic cones and large basins (e.g., Lake Urmia), to the parallel ridge and valley system of the central portion, with lowland salt marshes, and the low, irregular southwest region, characterized by bare rock and sand dunes. The northern half of the Zagros is heavily populated, and the fertile valleys support agriculture. In the uplands of the central range, tribal pastoralism predominates. In the SE Zagros, dates and cereals are grown at oases. Kurds, Lurs, Bakhtiaris, Kashkais, and other nomads inhabit the mountains; some of the groups are now sedentary. Iran's great oil fields lie along the western foothills of the central Zagros, where salt domes have trapped huge amounts of oil. In antiquity the Zagros formed the boundary between Assyria and Media.
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Close to the Iranian border in the north-east, the land rises to the complex Zagros Thrust Zone.
Earthquakes measuring around 7 on the Richter scale had occurred in the Zagros mountainous areas, which have never affected the UAE.
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1963; Mortensen 1972), Ganj Darreh (Smith 1976) and Abdul Hosein (Pullard 1990), all in the same region of the Central Zagros.
Project Description : Conservation of Biodiversity in the Central Zagros Landscape Conservation Zone.
com)-- On 19th April a second team of intrepid explorers aims to summit Iraqi Kurdistan's highest peak, Mount Halgurd (3,607m) in the region's stunning Zagros Mountains.
Zagrosjet, which was established by Turkish Atlasjet and Kurdish Zagros Group in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, will begin flight operations on October 2.
ABB has won an order worth around $30m from Zagros Energy to build four new transmission and distribution substations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, as part of an overall initiative to expand and strengthen the regional power grid.
Winds around a low pressure circulate anti-clockwise, and as they do so, they slam into the Zagros Mountains in western Iran.
During last year, Bahrain Air, Iran's Zagros Air, and Thailand's Jet Asia ramped up their flights through Kuwait as did Qatar Airways, Flydubai, Gulf Air, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air and Emirates, he added.
The first ever-excavated ceramic objects belonging to 10 to 12 thousand years ago were explored in Zagros mountain range in Iran.
And now, Total of France piled in, buying 35 per cent of the Harir and Safen blocks from Marathon Oil, along with Gazprom of Russia, which farmed in to the Garmian block operated by Western Zagros.