The Kyzylsu River and Mountains of Southern Tajikistan37.9N 69.7E
Landlocked Tajikistan is the smallest nation in Central Asia by area. It is covered by mountains of the Pamir range, and more than fifty percent of the country is over 3,000 meters (approx. 10,000 ft) above sea level. This orthorectified image focuses on the mountains in the south near the city of Tulob (or Tulyab) and the border with Afghanistan.
Visible in the Kyzylsu Valley (left) is the Kyzylsu River, which rises on the southern slopes of the Vakhsh Range in the north-east of Tajikistan’s Khatlon Province and runs south-west for a length of 230 km until joining Panj River on the border with Afghanistan. Near Kulob it merges with the Yakhsu River as a major left tributary. The river irrigates the cotton-growing Kyzylsu Valley between Kulob and Panj in the south-east of Khatlon Province.