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Adana is the
capital of Adana Province in Turkey. According to the 2000
census, with 1,130,710 inhabitants, it is the fifth most
populous city of Turkey (after Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and
Bursa). The 2006 estimate of Adana's population is 1,271,894.
For most Turkish people, the word 'Adana' associates with Kebab,
şalgam, cotton, oranges and very hot weather, in the awareness
that Adana also embodies more than just these.
In fact, Adana is also named among the 25 European Regions of
the Future for 2006/2007 by Foreign Direct Investment Magazine.
Chosen alongside Kocaeli for Turkey, Adana scored the most
points for cost effectiveness against Kocaeli's points for
infrastructure development, while Adana and Kocaeli tied on
points for the categories of human resources and quality of
One of the largest and most dynamic cities in Turkey and
situated thirty kilometers (nineteen miles) inland, Adana is the
gateway to the Cilician plain, now known as the Çukurova plain,
the large stretch of flat and fertile land which lies to the
south-east of the Taurus Mountains. This is possibly the most
productive area in this part of the world.
From Adana, crossing the Çukurova going west, the road from
Tarsus enters the foothills of the Taurus Mountains. The
temperature decreases with every foot of ascent; the road
reaches an altitude of nearly 4000 feet. It goes through the
famous Cilician or Çukurova Gates, the rocky pass through which
armies have coursed since the dawn of history, and continues to
the Anatolian plain.
The north of the city is surrounded by the Seyhan reservoir and
HEP, which was completed in 1956. The dam has constructed for
hydroelectric power (HEP) and to provide irrigation water to the
lower part of Çukurova plain, agricultural cultivating area
located in the south part of the city. Two irrigation channels
in the city flow to the plain passing through the city center
from east to west. Also there is another canal for irrigating
the Yüreğir plain to the southeast of the city