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Ili River Entering Lake Balqash, Kazakhstan – October 10th, 2010

46.2N 74.3E

October 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Kazakhstan - August 29th, 2010

The waters of Lake Balqash, in southeastern Kazakhstan, appear bright blue in this late summer image. Green sediments are present in the southearn reaches of the lake, while the northeastern part appears slightly darker in color.

The green sediments or algae are entering the lake from the Ili River, on its southeastern shores. The land around the riverbanks shows green vegetation, in constrast to the surrounding tan, arid landscape. Due to the influx of fresh water from the river, the western end of the lake is fresh while the eastern end is salty.

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