Takir / Turkmenistan, Karakum Desert

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    Takir (Takyr) (Russian: Такыр, originally from Kazakh or another Turkic language) is a type of relief occurring in the deserts of Central Asia, similar to a playa in the south-western United States. A takyr is usually formed in a shallow depressed area with a heavy clay soil, which is submerged by water after seasonal rains. After the water evaporates, a dried crust with fissures forms on the surface. The crust is primarily formed by filamentous cyanobacteria (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takir_(soil).

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    4. over76 89 months ago | reply

      Good photo)

    5. HappyTellus 87 months ago | reply

      We liked your photo and chose it to illustrate our travel page on Turkmenistan at
      A thousand thank you for sharing!

    6. zakur2011 12 months ago | reply

      Great pic!!

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      Thanks from Argentina

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