Syrt

Syrt

A syrt is a kind of an upland landform in Russia and Central Asia.

The word means "highland", "ridge" or "backbone" in Turkic languages (sırt) and is present in Turkic toponymy in the mentioned areas: in Tien Shan, Pamirs, South Urals, such as Obshchiy Syrt (Common Syrt, Общий Сырт) by Urals, Uzun-Syrt ("Long back") plateau by Koktebel in Crimea.

It is a denudational upland or elevated flatland, a kind of dissected plateau. Syrts may be separated from each other by higher ridges. At the same time, syrts may serve as water divides between drainage basins for larger rivers.

The term is not to be confused with Latin term syrtis, as in (Syrtis Major) and the derived term "syrt" for sandy shores or quicksand.

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