Oleshia Sands

Oleshia Sands [Oleššja] (Oleshivski pisky). A sandy region on the left bank of the lower Dnieper River south of Kherson, extending roughly from Kakhivka in the east to the Kinburn Spit in the west. Once the delta of the Dnieper, the area takes its name from its proximity to the town of Oleshky (now Tsiurupynske). The sandy soil was formed by alluvial deposits. The region is covered with sand dunes 8–15 m in height and small saltwater lakes and bogs (but no rivers). The surface vegetation of the sands is generally poor, and attempts to seed Crimean pines and other trees in the area have generally had disappointing results. Grape growing and fruit cultivation have met with greater success.

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