Tokmak, Uzbekistan

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Coordinates: 43°49′N58°58′E / 43.817°N 58.967°E / 43.817; 58.967 Coordinates: 43°49′N58°58′E / 43.817°N 58.967°E / 43.817; 58.967
Country Uzbekistan

Tokmak is a city in Uzbekistan located on the south of the Aral Sea. The area has a population of around 3,000. The town used to be on the coast, but because of the shrinking Aral Sea, it is now over 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the coast of the sea.

Uzbekistan Landlocked Republic in Central Asia

Uzbekistan, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan, is a landlocked country in Central Asia. The sovereign state is a secular, unitary constitutional republic, comprising 12 provinces, one autonomous republic, and a capital city. Uzbekistan is bordered by five landlocked countries: Kazakhstan to the north; Kyrgyzstan to the northeast; Tajikistan to the southeast; Afghanistan to the south; and Turkmenistan to the southwest. Along with Liechtenstein, it is one of the world's only two doubly landlocked countries.

Aral Sea former lake lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

The Aral Sea was an endorheic lake lying between Kazakhstan in the north and Uzbekistan in the south. The name roughly translates as "Sea of Islands", referring to over 1,100 islands that had dotted its waters; in the Turkic languages aral means "island, archipelago". The Aral Sea drainage basin encompasses Uzbekistan and parts of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Iran.

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Geography of Uzbekistan

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Syr Darya river in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan

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Karakum Desert desert in Central Asia

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Karakalpakstan autonomous republic in Uzbekistan

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Aralkum Desert desert in what remains of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

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Mo‘ynoq Place in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan

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South Aral Sea lake

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Zhanbay Island Island in Atyrau Region, Kazakhstan

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Aral barbel species of fish

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