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Erhac Air Base, Turkey
3826'N 3806'E

Erhac Air Base, near Malatya, is located in the southwest of the East Anatolia Region. Generally a terrestrial climate condition prevails in Malatya. Usually, summers are hot and dry and winters are cold and snowy. It rains mostly in the spring and fall seasons. The average temperature is between 65 - 80oF (18 - 22oC) in high season (May - September), but warmer clothing should be taken for cool evenings.

During the course of history since ancient times, Malatya has enjoyed strategic importance, because of its location at the intersection of the trading routes coming from the Central Asia, the Middle East and Mesopotamia and continuing on the passageway to the west. A southern branch of the ancient Silk Road, as well as the famous King's Highway from the Aegean Sea to Mesopotamia are known to have passed through the boundaries of the Malatya province.

Malatya is a sort of outpost for nomads who move their sheep into these high mountains for summer pasture. Malatya is actually two towns, the modern town and the Eski Malatya, the old walled city, which is about 6 miles (10 km) north of Malatya proper. The ruins of Eski Malatya lie crumbling amid wheat fields. There are several interesting buildings like the Ulu Cami, built in the 13th century CE, of Persian style. Nowadays, Malatya is the gateway to Nemrut Dagi.

In Turkey, the apricot is synonymous with Malatya. The apricot, after being brought from its homeland in Turkestan of Central Asia and Western China, has been developed into its most delicious and sophisticated form in the fertile soil of Malatya. About 10-15% of the worldwide crop of fresh apricots, and about 65-80% of the worldwide production of dried apricots belong to Malatya.

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