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Geography and Transportation  

 I.GENERAL GEOGRAPHY AND LANDFORMS

Konya city is in the southern part of Middle Anatolian Region named with its own name.

With an area of 41.001 km2, Konya is the largest province in Turkey.

Average altitude of Konya is 1.016 m. Neighboring provinces are Ankara to the north, Isparta, Afyonkarahisar, Eskişehir to the west, Mersin, Karaman and Antalya to the south and  Niğde and Aksaray to the east.

Konya hosts Turkey’s greatest aluminium (bauxite) reserves in Seydişehir and world's greatest magnesite reserves (with 80 million tons of reserve) in Konya (in Meram district), besides these, there are coal, clay, cement raw materials, lead-zinc, barite mines and significant amount of underground water reserves.

Konya is generally has a broad and flat land consisting of lowlands and plateaus. Southernmost part is mountainous, surrounded by Taurus mountains.

Plateaus covered by rich steppes are important factors which effects the agriculture and animal husbandry sectors.

Lake Tuz (Tuz Gölü) is the second biggest lake in Turkey. Depth of the lake is about 1,2 meters. Its surface area gets smaller in summer with evaporation and in the dried parts salt residues form. The lake supplies a fair amount of Turkey’s salt demand.

Beysehir Lake is on the western part of Konya near Isparta-Konya border. Beysehir lake is the 3rd largest natural lake in Turkey and also the biggest fresh water lake in Turkey. It has been formed by tectonic-carstic incidents. It is also one of the most important national parks in Turkey. There is the opportunity of water sports, mountain sports and hunting in the area of national park. The economical value of fishery is high. The lake has 2 beaches, 22 islands and lots of rockworks. Also the lake is important for tourism by being an important location for bird reproduction, feeding and sheltering.

Meke Lake which is in the borders of Karapınar province was declared as first grade natural protected area by Konya Protection Council of Culture and Natural entities.

II.TRANSPORTATION
Since Konya is in the center of Turkey, it has a very advantegeous location in terms of transportation opportunities. Konya is a crossroad between the roads passing through west to east and north to south.

1. Land Transportation

Konya is one of the cities with longest roads in Turkey because of its total area and its central location. It has 3.045 km government and city road and it comes 1st in Turkey.

Konya–İstanbul: 662 km
Konya-Ankara: 258 km

Konya-İzmir: 550 km
Konya–Antalya: 322 km
Konya – Mersin: 348 km

2. Railroad Transportation

Konya has benefited from since 1898. The trains passing through Konya are Taurus Express, Middle Anatolia Blue Train and Meram Express. The most important work in railroad transportation is the high speed train project between Konya and Ankara. With the completion of this project in 2011, the transportation time between Konya and Ankara has decreased to 1 hour and 40 minutes. After this project Konya-Eskişehir transportation has started in 2013 and Konya-İstanbul in 2015

3. Air Transportation
Air transportation is provided by the civil facilities which are added to the Konya Air Base (which also hosts the Turkish Stars). There are daily flights of several firms to İstanbul. 10 shuttles are between Konya-İstanbul everyd ay as well as direct flights to Europe during the summer months.

Logistics Village

According to State Railways data, with the activation of Konya Logistics Village, it is aimed that current transportation capacity of 634.000 tons/year will increase to 1.679.000 tons/year. The plan is to transport goods and raw materials that are crucial for Konya industry and agriculture. The competitiveness of these products will be possible with said logistics opportunities.

  The services to be presented in Konya Logistics Village can be summed up as:

- Transition between transportation modes

- Availability of intermodal transfers and operations

- Providing services for loading, unloading, handling and weighing.

- Providing services for storage and warehousing.

- Providing customs and parking services.

- Peripheral services to be provided are: security, maintenance, client Office spaces, showrooms, meeting/conference rooms, catering facilities, commutation, banks, post Office, extra storage and warehousing, etc.

 
 
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