Sand Dunes in Southern Kazakhstan
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 km² (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.