Ekaterinburg & Ural Mountains
Ekaterinburg and Ural Mountains in Russia
Ekaterinburg is located on the eastern slope of the Ural Mountains, on the banks of the Iset River, in the Middle Urals.
The Ural Mountains present mountain chain between East European plain and West Siberian Plain. The Ural mountain chain is 2500 km lengthwise and 40-150 km in width.
It would be a mistake to think that Ural Mountains are high. Actually this mountain chain is rather old, that's why the mountains are low, and in the Middle Urals they are not higher than 600-800 meters. The highest peak is Narodnaya Peak, 1875 meters high, located in the Prepolar Urals.
Ekaterinburg has unique location as it lies on Europe and Asia border. Europe-Asia border stretches for 2000 km in meridian direction from the Kara Sea to Kazakhstan steppes.
There are a few cities located both in Europe and Asia, but only Ekaterinburg is situated in Europe, Asia and on the natural watershed simultaneously. Actually, it is impossible for a big city to be situated on the mountain chain, but it is really so, as Ekaterinburg city lies in the lowest part of the Ural Mountains. So the city is not located on cliffy terrain, where hills and peaks interchange with buildings. Ekaterinburg stands on comparatively flat terrain surrounded by the hills and forests.