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Balkh, Afghanistan (36.75813 66.89808)

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Name: Balkh topographic map, elevation, relief.
Coordinates: 36.71813 66.85808 36.79813 66.93808
Minimum elevation: 326 m
Maximum elevation: 390 m
Average elevation: 347 m


The ancient city of Balkh was known to the Ancient Greeks as Bactra, giving its name to Bactria. It was mostly known as the centre and capital of Bactria or Tokharistan. Marco Polo described Balkh as a "noble and great city". Balkh is now for the most part a mass of ruins, situated some 12 km (7.5 mi) from the right bank of the seasonally flowing Balkh River, at an elevation of about 365 m (1,198 ft).

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