What is The Anti Lebanon Range?


Another name for  Abana is the Anti Lebanon range.  Odd name that.  Well it seems it is from the French, and the Anti-liban range is based on their translation of the Arabic words.  “Anti”  being used here with the meaning of “other” or those mountains which oppose the Lebanon Mountains.

The Anti-Lebanon Mountains,  or in Arabic Al-jabal Ash-sharqī, or Lubnān Ash-sharqī,. They are a  mountain range that runs northeast-southwest along the Syrian-Lebanese border parallel to the Lebanon Mountains, from which  are separated by the al-Biqāʿ Valley.

The Anti Lebanon range is higher than the Canadian Laurentians but on par for the most part, with the American Adirondacks, both being very old.  Its highest parts though. zoom to  6,500 feet (2,000 m) above sea level, while the northeastern Adirondacks only make it to 5000 ft , though several peaks exceed 8,000 feet (2,400 m) making it highest heights on par with the western American Rockies.

The Anti-Lebanon range runs south.  It is interrupted by a broad shoulder (the Zabadani Saddle) of Mount Hermon, 9,232 feet (2,814 m) high, which is sometimes considered to be the southernmost extension of the range. With typical mountainous  thin soils, limestone sinks, steep slopes, and aridity, the Anti-Lebanon range is sparsely populated and economically useful only for nomadic herding.

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