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Tian Shan Mountains Around Lake Issyk Kul, Kazakhstan

42.3N 77.2E

June 20th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Kazakhstan - May 23rd, 2011

Lake Issyk Kul is an endorheic lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. Here, the mountains surrounding it are capped in snow, although the lake itself never freezes even in the coldest temperatures.

It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. The lake is a Ramsar site of globally significant biodiversity and forms part of the Issyk-Kul Biosphere Reserve.

Taklamakan Desert to Tian Shan Mountains, China

40.2N 82.2E

June 19th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains

China - May 23rd, 2011

The Taklamakan Desert is located in Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is the world’s 17th largest desert, covering an area of 270,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi) of the Tarim Basin.

It is bounded by the Tian Shan mountains to the north, visible as a snow-capped ridge at the top of this image. Between the sandy desert and the mountains, some small lakes can be observed.


Ridge of Tian Shan Mountains Between Lake Issyk Kul and Qapshaghay Bogeni Reservoir

42.3N 77.2E

October 15th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Kazakhstan - August 29th, 2010

Two lakes are visible in this image of the area around the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border. The smaller lake to the north is  the Qapshaghay Bogeni Reservoir, in Kazakhstan, while the larger one to the south is Lake Issyk Kul, in Kyrgyzstan.

Lake Issyuk Kul is deeper and appears dark blue, while its shallower neighbor appears green from sediments. A ridge of the Tian Shan Mountains that runs between the two lakes, is capped with snow and marks the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Tian Shan Mountains Surrounding Western Shores of Lake Issyk Kul

42.3N 77.2E

October 9th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Kyrgyzstan - September 7th, 2009

Kyrgyzstan - September 7th, 2009

The rugged Tian Shan Mountains surround the endorheic lake Issyk Kul in eastern Kyrgyzstan. They are one of the longest mountain ranges in Central Asia, stretching some 2,800 kilometres (1,700 mi) eastward from Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

In this orthorectified image, the Teskey Ala-Too Range dominates the lake’s southern shore, whie the Kyungey Ala-Too Range runs parallel to the north shore.

The peaks of these ranges are usually snow-capped; however, Issyk Kul never freezes, hence its name, which means “warm lake” in the Kyrgyz language.

Ürümqi and the Tian Shan Mountains, China

43.8N 87.6E

August 4th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

China - June 24th, 2009

China - June 24th, 2009

The city of Ürümqi, visible as a white area at the top of this orthorectified image, is the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, in the northwest of the country.

With an urban population of over 2.3 million people, it is by far the largest city on China’s vast Western interior. In fact, Ürümqi has earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most remote city from any sea in the world. It is about 1,400 miles (2,500 km) from the nearest coastline.

The city has an area of 10,989 km² and an average elevation of 800 metres. Here, a part of the nearby Tian Shan Mountain Range is also visible.