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Sun, Sea, And Oil Slicks: Turkmenistan's Least Luxurious Beach Resort

The Cheleken beach area on Turkmenistan's Caspian Sea coast was once a popular tourist attraction, but the facilities and natural environment have suffered from years of pollution and neglect. Swimmers now share the beaches with pipes, industrial equipment, and oil slicks. Nevertheless, vacationers still flock to the shore to enjoy the questionably fresh air and water. (Photos by RFE/RL's Turkmen Service)

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Signs warn about the lethal dangers of diving into this section of the Caspian Sea.
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Signs warn about the lethal dangers of diving into this section of the Caspian Sea.

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"Welcome!" It's also worth noting the oil derrick in the sign to the right that also touts the comforts of the resort.
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"Welcome!" It's also worth noting the oil derrick in the sign to the right that also touts the comforts of the resort.

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