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Khar-Us Nuur, Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression – June 19th, 2009

47.9N 92.1E

June 19th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Great Lakes Depression, Mongolia - June 8th, 2009

Great Lakes Depression, Mongolia - June 8th, 2009

The greenish waters of several lakes in Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression stand out against the surrounding dry, tan landscape.

The lake on the bottom left is Khar-Us Nuur, or “Black Water Lake” despite its green appearance here. Its area value  of 1,852 km² includes the island Agbash (or Ak-Bashi, White Head), with an area of 274 km², meaning the lake’s actual water surface area is only 1,578 km².

The lake’s primary inflow is from the Khovd Gol river, which creates a large river delta whose fanned shape is visible on the western shore.

It is the upper one in a system of the interconnected lakes: Khar-Us Nuur, Khar Nuur, Dörgön Nuur, Airag Nuur and Khyargas Nuur. Khar Nuur (above) and Dörgön Nuur (below) are located to the east of Khar-Us Nuur, while Khyargas Nuur (above) and Airag Nuur (below) are situated to the north.

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