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The province is located in the west of the country on the coast of the Caspian Sea and its salty lagoon Kara-Bogas-Gol . It borders Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the north and Iran in the south . It is named after the Great Balkans , a mountain range up to 1,880 m high (not to be confused with the mountains of the same name in southeastern Europe).
The area is 139,270 km², the population (2005) around 553,500, which results in a population density of around 4 inhabitants / km².
- Information on the provinces of Turkmenistan on science.gov.tm (Russian)
- Britannica Book of the Year 2013