Kyzyl Kum Desert

Kyzyl Kum Desert

The Kyzyl Kum, or Red Sand, Desert covers about 115,000 square miles between Central Asia’s Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers. Much of Uzbekistan and parts of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are carpeted by the dunes and sparse shrubbery of this desert. Both the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya flowed into the Aral Sea, and their diversion for cotton irrigation contributed to the sea’s disappearance.

PUBLISHED: February 5, 2013