Dasht-e Margo

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Dasht-e Margo, left of centre

Dasht-e Margo (Persian: دشت مارگو), also Dasht-e Mārgow or Dasht-e Margoh, is a desert region in the southern provinces of Helmand and Nimruz in Afghanistan.[1] The desert is adjacent to the Dasht-e Khash and Registan Desert. It is about 150,000 km2 in area; the elevation is some 500–700 m. The desert consists mainly of sand masses and rocky-clayish plains with solonchaks, takirs, and rarely oases.

The desert's name means "Desert of Death"[2] in Dari, with dasht meaning "desert" and margo meaning "death".


  1. ^ "Dasht-e Mārgo: Afghanistan". Geographical Names. geographic.org. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Rory (9 March 2003). "Endgame in the Desert of Death for the world's most wanted man". The Guardian. theguardian.com. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 

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Coordinates: 31°N 63°E / 31°N 63°E / 31; 63