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Garabogaz is located in Turkmenistan
Location in Turkmenistan
Coordinates: 41°32′13″N 52°34′13″E / 41.53694°N 52.57028°E / 41.53694; 52.57028Coordinates: 41°32′13″N 52°34′13″E / 41.53694°N 52.57028°E / 41.53694; 52.57028
Country  Turkmenistan
Province Balkan Province
Population (1989 census)[1]
 • Total 6,895

Garabogaz (pronounced [ʁɑɾɑboˈʁɑð]) is a city in Turkmenistan, part of the Balkan Province. Until 2002, it was named Bekdaş [bekˈdɑʃ].

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.


  1. ^ Population census 1989 Archived 2012-02-04 at WebCite, Demoscope Weekly, No. 359-360, 1-18 January 2009 (search for Туркменская ССР) (in Russian)