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Chernozemelskiy District in the Republic of Kalmikiya is its biggest rural district (18,7 % of the republic’s territory). The name “Chernozemelskiy” is from “Chernie Zemli” that means “Black Lands”. These lands have such name because of absence of solid blanket of snow there in winters and due to the color of wild wormwood, which grows there in plenty. In the picture you see bushes of tamarisk.

The 91-kilomiter part of my travel (from Velichaevskoe in Stavropol Kray to the administrative center of Chernozemelskiy District, Komsomolskiy) through the Black Lands was very difficult for me because there was no asphalt pavement on that road. Another trouble was a sand-storm, when I could see nothing in the distance more than 20 m. But artesian wells and the oasis-like settlement of Prikumskiy were big bonuses for me there.

GPS coordinates: 45.234892 Lat, 45.779280 Long, -1 m

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Additional Photos by Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1944 W: 46 N: 4360] (16134)
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