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Sediments in Karabogas Bay and Southeastern Caspian Sea

38.5N 51.6E

September 28th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Sediments

Caspian Sea – September 26th, 2012

Sediments, possibly mixed with phytoplankton growth, color the southeastern shores of the Caspian Sea. Some are also visible in Karabogas Bay, a shallow inundated depression in the northwestern corner of Turkmenistan that forms a lagoon of the Caspian Sea. Linked to the sea via a very narrow opening in a rocky ridge, the salinity of the bay is about 35%, compared to the Caspian Sea’s 1.2% and 3.5% for the world’s oceans. Because of the exceptionally high salinity it has practically no marine vegetation.

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