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30.03.12 16:25

Turkmenistan to hold international scientific expedition to Koytendag

Turkmenistan will invite foreign experts to explore the natural resources and attractions of Koytendag Reserve. To this effect, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree on holding an international scientific expedition.

By a separate decree, the President of Turkmenistan instructed relevant officials to organize an International scientific conference titled “The Nature of Turkmenistan: Undiscovered Wonders of Koytendag.” He noted the importance of the scientific exploration of natural resources and natural wonders of Koytendag in preserving this unique natural site, as well as using this reserve for development of tourism in the country.

Koitendag Nature Reserve is located in the mountains of Kugitang in Lebap province of Turkmenistan. Among the local attractions are Turkmenistan’s highest mountain peak - Ayrybaba (3139 m) and canyon “Kyrk Gyz” or “Dinosaurs Plateau” – the world-renowned paleontological site that keeps traces of dinosaurs that lived in the Upper Jurassic period 150 million years ago.

Koytendag is also famous for numerous caves and underground complexes with stalactite and stalagmite formations, healing hydrogen sulfide sources, rare plants and animals listed in the International Red Book.

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