Turkey famously straddles the continents of Europe and Asia, being divided by the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles. Turkey shares borders with eight countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Iraq. Additionally its coast includes the Aegean, Black and Mediterranean seas.
Turkey is divided into seven regions based upon several criteria including climate, location, agricultural potential and topography: Black Sea, Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean, Central Anatolia, Eastern and South Eastern.
Turkey has a diverse climate ranging from cool, winters and hot summers in the coastal regions to extremely cold winters in Central Anatolia and extremely hot, dry summers in the east of the country.
Turkey is rich in the deposit of boron salts and is the world largest producer of borates. Other natural resources include coal, iron ore, copper, chromium, uranium, antimony, mercury, gold, hydropower, and geothermal power.