Lakes Near Kazakhstan-Russia Border – June 18th, 200953.2N 73.1E
The landscape near the border of Russia (top) and Kazakhstan (center, bottom) is dotted by lakes. The largest are Lake Chany (top right), Lake Seletyteniz (center) and Lake Tengiz (bottom left).
Although Lake Chany is not well-known outside of Russia, it is one of the country’s largest lakes.
Lake Chany is a shallow, freshwater lake that has a fluctuating water level, which can change from season to season and year to year.
Ecosystems surrounding the lake include a mixture of wetlands and salt marshes, as well as birch and aspen forests. Furthermore, the lake is critically important for the migratory birds of Siberia.
The cluster of lakes in the center of the image is just over the Kazakhstan border. The largest one, Seletyteniz (far right in thumb) is located at the bottom of a large depression. It has an area of 777 km², although this is quite variable. The lake reaches a maximum depth of 3.2 m; the source of its water is melting snow.
The eastern and northern shores of Lake Seletyteniz are high and straight, while in the west and south they are flanked by salt marshes.