Singing Dune

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A couple of hours' drive from the settlement of Basshi that's part of the Altyn-Emel National Park, this sand dune emits a rumbling sound not unlike an aircraft engine when the weather is windy and dry and the sand moves. The dune is silent when it rains.

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