Ankara became a major Turkish city due to its designation as the capitol of the young republic in 1923. Its population has reached 3 million representing an 100 fould growth in 75 years. The surface area of the city and its hinterland is less than half of that of Pittsburgh, signaling the high population density it possesses. The physical makeup of Ankara is that of a dramatic mountanous topography rising above the central anatolian platoe surrounding it.
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