Erdemli Pine Groove
Erdemli Pine Groove is a nature park in Turkey. It is also called "Talat Göktepe Groove" to commemorate Talat Göktepe a former director of Forestry in Çanakkale who died while fighting against forest fire in 1994. It is located at to the west of Erdemli ilçe (district) of Mersin Province. It lies between the Turkish state highway D.400 and the Mediterranean Sea coast.
It was declared a picnic place in 1962 and a nature park in 2011.
The length of the grove is about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) in northeast to southwest direction. Its width is about 500 metres (1,600 ft). The total area is 26.14 hectares (64.6 acres). The coastal part is a sandy beach. There are some sand dunes on the beach. The back part is a groove. Most of the trees are Turkish pine (Pinus brutia), Umbrella pine (Sciadopitys) and myrtle (Myrtus).