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The Ryn Desert or Ryn-Peski Desert, is a desert in western Kazakhstan, north of the Caspian Sea and southeast of the Volga Upland. The borders of the desert are very loosely defined. Some maps show the desert to the west of the Volga River and almost entirely within the Caspian Depression, stretching almost to the coast of the Caspian Sea, while others show it to the east of the Volga and north of the depression. It lies west of the Ural River between 46° and 49° North latitude, and 47° to 52° East longitude. Caspian Sea viewed from orbit Caspian redirects here. ... The Volga Upland or Volga Uplands (Russian—Privolzhskaya Vozvyshennost) is a vast region of uplands in western Russia that lie west of the Volga River and east of the Central Russian Upland. ... Volga in Yaroslavl (autumn morning) Length 3,690 km Elevation of the source 225 m Average discharge 8,000 m³/s Area watershed 1. ... The Caspian Depression is a low-lying flatland region that lies at the northern end of the Caspian Sea. ... Length 2428 km Elevation of the source - m Average discharge - m³/s Area watershed - km² Origin Russia Mouth Caspian Sea Basin countries Russia, Kazakhstan The Ural River (Russian: Урал, Urál [formerly: Яик, Yaik River], Kazakh: Жайық, Zhayyq) flows through Russia and Kazakhstan. ...

The Ryn Desert contains no large cities, although small towns are scattered throughout the region. Population density is between 1 and 15 people per square mile throughout the desert. The Ryn lies in a semi-arid climate zone, and receives very little rainfall.

High winds sweep across the desert, and in 2001 a dust storm in the Baltic Sea was determined as originating in the Ryn Desert. A study of long-range dust transportation to the Baltic Sea region—by analyzing dust pollution in Scandinavia, showed that aerosol conentrations there were influenced more by the Ryn Desert region than the Sahara Desert in Africa. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe, from 53 deg. ... Scandinavia, Fennoscandia, and the Kola Peninsula. ... The Sahara is the worlds second largest desert (second to Antarctica), over 9,000,000 km² (3,500,000 mi²), located in northern Africa and is 2. ... // Etymology World map showing Africa (geographically) The name Africa came into Western use through the Romans, who used the name Africa terra — land of the Afri (plural, or Afer singular) — for the northern part of the continent, as the province of Africa with its capital Carthage, corresponding to modern-day...


  • International Journal of Environment and Pollution 2004 - Vol. 22, No.1/2 pp. 72 - 86
  • World Atlas, Millenium Edition, pgs. xxv, xxix, 258

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Van der Ryn has reported he has noticed, while driving around America, that many builders still seem to pay no attention to one of the cheapest ways to save on energy bills: positioning the house on its site to maximize passive solar heat.
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