Natural Conditions of Central Asia and Land-Cover Changes

  • Gulnura IssanovaEmail author
  • Jilili Abuduwaili
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More than 40% (or more than three quarters) of the territory of Central Asia is desert lowland, which varies greatly in configuration as sandy, stony, salt, and clay deserts (Lewis 2003). The deserts of Central Asia expand from the shores of the Caspian Sea in the west up to the foothills of Alatau Mountain (Tianshan) and Pamir-Alay to the east and southeast. This wide territory is represented by a great variety of desert types.


Sandy Desert Piedmont Plain Sand Massif Desert Zone Synoptic Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Centre of Ecology and Environment of Central Asia (Almaty)State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of SciencesUrumqiChina
  2. 2.U.U. Uspanov Kazakh Research Institute of Soil Science and AgrochemistryAlmatyKazakhstan

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