Dust storms in Turkmenistan

L. Orlovsky, N. Orlovsky, A. Durdyev

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    Dust storms are a phenomenon particularly common to the arid and semi-arid regions of Turkmenistan. The aridity of the climate, vast areas of sandy, solonchak and clayey deserts, sparse vegetation cover, and strong winds all favor the formation of dust storms. Long-term (60 years) data from 56 meteorological stations was analysed for the study of spatial distribution, frequency, seasonality and diurnal variation of the dust storms in Turkmenistan. The highest mean annual frequency of such storms is observed in the spring in the sandy Central Karakum Desert (67 days), and the maximum number of dust storm days was registered at 146 days in western Turkmenistan.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-97
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Arid Environments
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005


    • Distribution
    • Duration of dust storms
    • Frequency
    • Sandy deserts
    • Seasonality

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
    • Ecology
    • Earth-Surface Processes


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