|Population (1989 census)|
The city is located on a ridge which divides the Garabogazköl lagoon from the Caspian Sea. The city has abundant and varied mineral resources from the Garabogazköl. It is one of few places in the world where naturally deposited sodium sulphate exists in commercially exploitable quantities.
- Population census 1989, Demoscope Weekly, No. 359-360, 1-18 January 2009 (search for Туркменская ССР) (Russian)
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