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Kara-Kum (Garagum)

Listed under Deserts in Turkmenistan.

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This dark grey sandy desert (the name means 'black sand') covers around 70% of Turkmenistan and parts of Kazakhstan and despite the lack of developed infrastructure is surreally bordered by some very modern cities.

Kara-Kum also has a wealth of historical sites such Old Nisa, home to the Parthian Kings in 3BC, and Anau, where a famous mosaic-filled mosque houses carved dragons eight meters long. Kov Ata, or 'father of lakes' is also to be found here, deep underground and simmering at a constant 37C due to the mineral-rich hot springs which feed it.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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