Kara Kum Desert

Kara Kum Desert

Overview Kara Kum Desert Overview

The Kara Kum Desert or  Black Sand Desert lies in Turkmenistan in Central Asia and occupies about 70 percent of the area of Turkmenistan. On your Bukhara Tours,you can choose to visit this sand desert. The sparse rainfall of about 70 to 150 mm annually makes this desert that is part of your Uzbekistan Tours a dry sandy region.

Kara Kum Desert
Kara Kum Desert
Kara Kum Desert

Kara Kum Desert Highlights

  • The Kara Kum Desert that lies east of the Caspian Sea with the Amu Darya river and the Kyzyl Kum desert to the northeast, the Karakum Desert lies east of the and the Aral Sea to the north.

  • Made of the salt-marsh consisting of finely-dispersed evaporites, the Kara Kum Desert sand consists of various alkaline mineral deposits.

  • The Darvaza Gas Crater is also present at the Karakum Desert.

  • On your Bukhara Tours, you will encounter this area which has tremendous amounts of oil and natural gas deposits.

  • The Tejen and the Murghab rivers flow to the south of the desert from the Hindukush Mountains and drain into the desert. They are a great source of irrigation.

  • On your Uzbekistan Tours, you will witness the mountain ranges of Uly Balkan where human remains that date to the stone age has been discovered by archaeologists.

  • Another interesting place of visit near the desert is the Darvaza gas crater also called the "Door to Hell" or the "Gates of Hell" by locals, which is a crater of natural gas, and since 1971 continues to burn till this date.

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