Usturt Plateau Travel Guide

The Ustyurt Plateau is a Central Asian plateau in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, lying between the Aral Sea and the Amu Darya river delta in the east and the Mangyshlak (Tupqarghan) Plateau and the Kara-Bogaz-Gol (an inlet of the Caspian Sea) in the west. It extends roughly 200,000 km², with an average elevation of 150 meters, and consists primarily of stony desert. It’s highest point rises to a maximum of 365 m in the southwest.

The plateau’s semi-nomadic population raises sheep, goats, and camels. At its edges it drops steeply to the Aral Sea and the surrounding plain.

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