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Ili River Delta on Shores of Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan – September 5th, 2011

45.7N 74.2E

September 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Kazakhstan - August 29th, 2011

The Ili River is a river in northwestern China (Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region) and southeastern Kazakhstan (the Almaty Province).

It is 1,439 km (894 mi) long, 815 km (506 mi) of which is in Kazakhstan. It takes its beginning in eastern Tian Shan from the Tekes and Kunges (or K√ľnes) rivers. The Ili River drains the basin between the Tian Shan the Borohoro (P’o-lo-k’o-nu) Mountains to the north.

Flowing into Lake Balkhash it forms a large delta with vast wetland regions of lakes, marshes and thicket vegetation, as can be observed here by the teal-colored waters of the lake.

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