Desert in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Occupying roughly 115,000 sq mi (300,000 sq km), it lies between the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya rivers, southeast of the Aral Sea. Desert plants grow on its sand ridges, serving as pasture for sheep, horses, and camels; there are several small oasis settlements. Its mineral resources include natural gas deposits and gold.
Variants of KYZYLKUM
Kyzylkum Uzbek Qizilqum Kazakh Qyzylqum
This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on Kyzylkum, visit Britannica.com.
Seen & Heard
What made you look up Kyzylkum? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.