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By Dzhumaguly Annayev and Staff
ASHGABAT – Turkmen authorities began to fill up the natural Karashor Depression in the Karakum Desert, where they plan to build the Altyn Asyr (Golden Age) artificial lake, the Neitralny Turkmenistan newspaper reported August 15.
Turkmenistan has gathered 1 billion cu. metres of water for filling the planned lake and has spent more than US $6 billion (17.2 billion TMT) so far. The Karashor site is 25km wide and more than 100km long.