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Sand Dunes in Southern Kazakhstan

May 5th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Kazakhstan - April 9th, 2009

Kazakhstan - April 9th, 2009

Close-up 2

Close-up 2

Close-up 1

Close-up 1

Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world as well as the world’s largest landlocked country, with a territory of 2,727,300 kmĀ² (greater than Western Europe).

Vast in size, the land in Kazakhstan is very diverse in types of terrain: flatlands, steppes, taigas, rock-canyons, hills, deltas, snow-capped mountains, and deserts.

This image focuses on such diverse terrain in the southern part of the country. The snow capped mountains at the bottom quickly slope down into a valley containing numerous fields.

This agricultural area suddenly gives way to sandy desert and a large sea of dunes, best observed in the close-ups. Continuing north, the terrain remains arid, finally reaching the bright turquoise southern tip of Lake Balqash.

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