26 May '12, 10pm

Dardzha Peninsula: Sand meets the Caspian Sea in western Turkmenistan, where giant dunes are partially submerged.

Part of a country mostly covered by desert, the Dardzha Peninsula lies along the shore of the world’s most expansive inland water body. Pushing westward into the Caspian Sea from Turkmenistan’s Garagum (Karakum) Desert, the Dardzha Peninsula is a landscape of sand dunes and salt flats. The Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus on the Landsat 7 satellite acquired this natural-color image of the peninsula on June 16, 2000. Dunes on the peninsula are long, linear features stretching mostly north-south. Toward the east, the dunes transition to level, sandy plains. Along the peninsula’s southern edge lies a network of partially submerged dunes, interspersed with shallow, salty lakes. These dunes separate the Dardzha from a neighboring peninsula, the Cheleken. A river known as the Uzboy used to flow through the Garagum Desert toward the Caspian Sea. Exactly when the river dried up is a ...

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