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Lakes Zaysan and Ulungur in Kazakhstan and China

47.3N 87.1E

May 17th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Kazakhstan, Russia and China - May 2nd, 2011

Visible at the top of this image are the Altai Mountains, in southwestern Siberia, Russia near the borders with China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

Visible to the south is Lake Zaysan, in eastern Kazakhstan, in a hollow between the Altai and Tarbagatai Mountains. A freshwater lake, at around 1,810 km² (700 mi²) it is the largest lake in the East Kazakhstan Province.

Moving eastward, one can see Lake Ulungur, in Fuhai County, Xinjiang, China. With an area of 1,035 square kilometers, the lake is one of China’s ten largest freshwater lakes.

Lake Ulungur Below the Altai Mountains, China – October 15th, 2009

47.2N 87.3E

October 15th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

China - September 4th, 2009

China - September 4th, 2009

Freshwater Lake Ulungur is located in Fuhai, Xinjiang, China. Its total surface area is 1,035 square kilometers, although it is divided into two sections: the larger Buluntuo Lake and the smaller Jili Lake.

The lake is fed by the Ulungur River. Further water is diverted into it by a canal built through the watershed between the Ulungur and Irtysh rivers.

North of the lake arise the snow-capped Altai Mountains, the source of the Irtysh and Ob Rivers. The mountain range runs through central Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together. As they extend southeast, the peaks gradually become lower and merge into the high plateau of the Gobi Desert.

Fields Near Lake Ulungur, China

47.2N 87.3E

August 30th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

China - June 24th, 2009

China - June 24th, 2009

Rectangular fields cover the land east of Lake Ulungur, in Fuhai, Xinjiang, China. With an area of 1,035 square kilometers, the lake is one of China’s ten largest freshwater lakes.

Lake Ulungur is divided into two sections: Buluntuo Lake and the smaller Jili Lake and is fed by the Ulungur River. In 1969, a canal was built through the watershed between the Ulungur and the Irtysh River in order to divert water into the lake.

Multiple Lakes Around the Sayan Mountains in Asia

49.8N 90.7E

October 26th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China - October 13th, 2010

The Sayan Mountains, capped in snow, have a central position in this image. Multiple lakes can be observed in the lowlands near the foot of the range.

In the upper right quadrant, in Russia, is the Krasnoyarskoye Reservoir, appearing as a thick dark blue line. The reservoir is located along the Yenisei River.

To the south, across the mountains near the center right, is Lake Uvs Nuur. It is situated on the border between Russia’s Tuva Republic (north) and Mongolia (south). Several other lakes can be seen further south, in Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression.

In the lower left quadrant, the lake that appears as a long, thick, jagged line is Lake Zaysan, in Kazakhstan. To the east, is the brighter green Lake Ulungur, in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Golden Mountains of Altai World Heritage Site, Russia

50.0N 84.9E

May 13th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Golden Mountains of Altai is the name of an UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of the Altai and Katun Natural Reserves, Lake Teletskoye, Belukha Mountain, and the Ukok Plateau.

The site covers a vast area of 16,175 km². This orthorectified image shows part of the site near the Kazakhstan border (part of the lower left quadrant is in the territory of Kazakhstan, while the rest of the land visible belongs to Russia).

As stated in the UNESCO description of the site, “the region represents the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia, from steppe, forest-steppe, mixed forest, subalpine vegetation to alpine vegetation”.

While making its decision, UNESCO also cited Russian Altai’s importance for preservation of the globally endangered mammals, such as snow leopard and the Altai argali.