Zlatibor is a mountain in Southwest Serbia. It is separated from the neighbouring terrain by steep hillsides that are rising in a slightly wavy plateau. According to this Zlatibor is a plateau–type mountain that means a raised pine – tree and a wavy surface area, clearly separated from the surrounding terrain. So Zlatibor is a separate morphologic whole with special geographic characteristics.
The slopes are especially outstanding on its eastern and northern part. They begin on North east with Savino Brdo /1132m/ and they end with Čajetina’s Gradina (1160m) across Gruda (1140m), Čavik (1018m) and Obadovo brdo (948m). These slopes form a long straight chain that raises 300 – 350 m over Braneško polje and the Sušica river valley. At Čajetina its straight direction is strongly violated by erosive breakthrough of the Blašica, a tributary of the Sušica. Here the slope has been moved back to Palisad by that erosive river flow. In that amphitheatric broadening there is the settlement Čajetina, the seat of the same name municipality.
From Čajetina’s Gradina towards the south the eastern border of Zlatibor begins, also bordered by steep slopes. In fact the chain of slopes goes straight on under Pjevčak /1040m/, Bojište /1066m/ and Savčića glave /977m/, including so Alin Potok into Zlatibor plateau. Not only by its hight but also by stronger stepness, Zlatibor plateau at Čigota overhangs most strongly over the area on the east. The slope sections extend towards the south to the spring of the Ljubiška river where they grow into the mountain massif of Murtenica.
Northeastern and eastern slopes of Zlatibor represent sections along which Zlatibor has risen above the surrounding relief. Straight character of these sections, their steep slopes and lowering of calciferous masses at their foothill are morphologic marks of these splits. By later erosive flows of the rivers these sections were moved and so Zlatibor plateau was strongly demolished.Most expressed erosive breaks through are visible at Čajetina and around the Katušnica spring. Because of that its parts stand out from Zlatibor plateau towards the east like ridges or slices. One of such slices is also the range of the murtenica. Though by some morphologic characteristics it represents continuation of Zlatibor plateau, it differs from it a lot by some other characteristics. The range of the Murtenica begins to rise on Zlatibor plateau already by Šišačka kosa and Svijetnjak, but Brijač /1480m/ is the highest hill. From there towards the east it gradually comes down and like a narrow vein becomes longer and grows into surrounding calciferous terrain loosing so morphologic and landscape characteristics of Zlatibor plateau.
Towards the southwest side Zlatibor plateau is noticably marked by the high and more than 10 m long range of Tornik.This range starts at Borova glava /1147 m / and it gradually rises towards northwest to reach its greatest hights at Ravan Tornik (1431m) and Veliki Tornik (1496 m). From Veliki Tornik towards northwest its range becomes much lower till it comes to the saddle at Đurović groblje, where it finishes. Borova glava seddle separates two mountain ranges: the Tornički and the Murtenički one and at the same time makes the final southeast border of Zlatibor plateau.
While northeastern, eastern and southwestern borders of Zlatibor plateau are represented by high clear slopes, its western borders are not clear: they extend down Jablanica valley, come to the Crni Rzav a kilometre downstream the mouth of the Ribnica, then over Lisičina (1067 m), Lupoglava (1092 m) and Bar they come to Viogor (1281 m), the highest hight of Semegnjevska gora. One part of Zlatibor western border under Lisičina, Lupoglava and Viogora is also bordered by high steep slopes where smaller mountain streams flow but they haven’t succeeded to deform them visibly yet.
With Semegnjevska Gora Zlatibor borders in geomorphologic regard are completed.