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A large concrete-lined aryk at Milyanfan, Kyrgyzstan
A creek at Tamchy, Kyrgyzstan, has been artificially redirected to this new course, locally known as an aryk

In Central Asia, an aryk (Turkic: arık; Russian: арык) is a relatively small aqueduct supporting agriculture and providing water to inhabitants of the area. Various aryks still exist and are frequently used, such as that of Tabarja, which has been continuously upgraded and expanded since the 16th century.


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