The Karakum, Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan was part of the Soviet Union from 1924-1991.
Cotton is known locally as “white gold”.
Some regions only receive a few millimetres of rain a year.
Turkmenistan is home to the longest irrigation canal in the world.
Ex-President Niyazov made growing facial hair illegal.
Turkmenistan contains the world’s fourth largest reserve of oil and gas.