May 16, 200608:11 AMThe Life
Deserts of the world: Kara-Kum
May 16, 2006 - 08:11 AMThe Kara-Kum ("Black Sand") Desert occupies about 135,000 square miles of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It is separated from the Kyzyl-Kum Desert by the Amu Darya River.
The Murghab and Tejen rivers flow out of the Hindu Kush Mountains to the south and empty into the desert, providing water for irrigation.
This desert is crossed by the largest irrigation canal in the world, the Qaraqum Canal.
It's also crossed by the Trans-Caspian railway, which follows the path of the Silk Road through much of west-central Asia.
[Image courtesy of NASA - click thumbnail photo for larger version.]