Magdanly

Magdanly
Магданлы
Gowurdak
City
Magdanly is located in Turkmenistan
Magdanly
Magdanly
Coordinates: 37°48′24″N 66°03′24″E / 37.80667°N 66.05667°E / 37.80667; 66.05667Coordinates: 37°48′24″N 66°03′24″E / 37.80667°N 66.05667°E / 37.80667; 66.05667
Country Turkmenistan
ProvinceLebap Province
DistrictMagdanly District
Population
 (2012)
 • Total34,745
Time zoneUTC+5

Magdanly (Turkmen Cyrillic: Магданлы; formerly known as Gowurdak or Gaurdak Russian: Говурдак), is a city in and seat of Magdanly District, Lebap Province, Turkmenistan.

Etymology

The word magdan means "ore" in Turkmen, and the suffix -ly means "with", hence "with ore". The area, in the foothills of the Köýtendag Mountains, is rich in various mineral ores. The former name, Gowurdak, referred to a mountain in that district which is mined for high-quality sulfur. Atanyyazow explains that the name Gowurdak "is derived from the local dialect gövür ('sulfur') and the word dag, yielding 'sulfur mountain'."[1]

References

  1. ^ Atanyýazow, Soltanşa (1980). Түркменистаның Географик Атларының Дүшүндиришли Сөзлүги [Explanatory Dictionary of Geographic Names in Turkmenistan]. Ashgabat: Ылым. p. 104.


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