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Image Caption:
Karpakum Desert, Tyub-Karagan Peninsula (1), Shoreline South of
Tyub-Karagan Peninsula

Sunglint outlines eddies (2) and waves (3) hitting the eastern
Caspian coast. Due to the arid climate, there is little sediment
influx into the sea. White areas (4) are salt-filled depressions
which were once flooded with seawater, but subsequently evaporat-
ed. This area is a major oil, gas, and coal producer in Kaza-
khstan; roads and settlements in this otherwise desolate
landscape (5) support this industry. (AST-9-566, AST-9-565)