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The Turkmen Lake Altyn Asyr and Water Resources in Turkmenistan

  • Igor S. Zonn
  • Andrey G. Kostianoy


  • A comprehensive review

  • The first English book on the subject

  • Richly illustrated


Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy
    Pages 1-8
  3. Igor S. Zonn, Paltamet E. Esenov
    Pages 23-37
  4. Elena Lioubimtseva, Jahan Kariyeva, Geoffrey M. Henebry
    Pages 39-57
  5. Igor S. Zonn
    Pages 59-68
  6. Aleksey N. Kosarev, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Igor S. Zonn, Sergey S. Zhiltsov
    Pages 69-94
  7. Leah Orlovsky, Offir Matsrafi, Nikolai Orlovsky, Michael Kouznetsov
    Pages 107-140
  8. Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy
    Pages 159-175
  9. Eldar A. Rustamov, Anna V. Belousova
    Pages 261-290
  10. Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy
    Pages 311-319
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 321-323

About this book


This book offers a concise description of the environment and water resources in Turkmenistan. The focus is on the water bodies of Turkmenistan – the Caspian Sea, Kara-Bogaz-Gol Bay, Sarykamysh Lake, Amu Darya River, and the Karakum Canal. Respected experts from six different countries cover the landscape-geographical features, the Karakum Desert, biodiversity (especially of birds and fishes) and ecosystems, as well as regional climate change. Special attention is paid to the Altyn Asyr Lake water reclamation project, to the morphometric characteristics of the Karashor Depression, and to the four-year-long satellite monitoring of the construction area in the vicinity of the Karashor Depression. The information presented is based on observational data and scientific literature, mainly published in Russian. This is the first English book on the Altyn Asyr Project. It addresses specialists working in various fields of environmental problems and ecology, water resources and management, land reclamation and agriculture, regional climate change, and international cooperation in the water sector in Turkmenistan and Central Asia.


Agriculture Central Asia Regional climate change Water management Water reclamation

Editors and affiliations

  • Igor S. Zonn
    • 1
  • Andrey G. Kostianoy
    • 2
  1. 1.Land Reclamation and Ecology SoyuzvodprojectEngineering Research Production Center for Water ManagementMoscowRussia
  2. 2.P.P. Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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