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Lakes in Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression

50.2N 92.6E

May 7th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Mongolia - May 6th, 2012

As its name would suggest, Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression contains several large bodies of water. Visible near the top edge is Lake Uvs Nuur, which appears bright white here as its surface is frozen.

In the center of the image, south of Lake Uvs, are Lake Khyargas (above) and Lake Airag (below). The former is significantly larger than the latter. It is dark blue in color, although the eastern half is slightly greener. The smaller Lake Airag is bright green.

Continuing south, several other lakes can be observed near the bottom of the image: Lake Khar, Lake Dörgön and Lake Khar-Us (right to left). These lakes show varying shades of blue, green and brown.

Ice on Surface of Lake Uvs Nuur, Mongolia

50.2N 92.6E

May 16th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Mongolia - May 2nd, 2011

Several bodies of water can be observed here, in Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression. At the top of the image is Lake Uvs Nuur, whose surface is frozen and appears bright white.

South of Lake Uvs are Lake Khyargas, ice-free and dark turquoise in color and Lake Airag, smaller, also ice-free and mint-green in color.

Several other lakes can be observed near the bottom of the image, including Lake Khar, Lake Dörgön and Lake Khar-Us (right to left). Although these lakes appear mostly green in color, some patches of ice can be seen on the surface of Lakes Khar and Khar-Us.

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.

Bodies of Water in Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression

48.0N 93.2E

July 30th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Mongolia - July 17th, 2010

Mongolia - July 17th, 2010

Several lakes can be observed in Mongolia’s Uvs province, located in the west of the country. The province has both mountainous and Gobi semi-desert climatic zones, although this image focuses on the latter.

The five lakes visible here belong to the country’s Great Lakes Depression. The northernmost is Lake Khyargas, dark greenish blue with an elongated shape and irregular edges. Smaller, greener in color and just to its south is Lake Airag. Due south of those two are Lake Khar (green) and Lake Dörgön (further south, dark blue). Finally, the irregularly shaped Lake Khar-Us, showing various shades of green, is located west of the aforementioned pair.

Lakes in Mongolia’s Uvs Province and China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

November 23rd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Mongolia and China - October 7th, 2009

Mongolia and China - October 7th, 2009

Uvs is one of the 21 aimags (provinces) of Mongolia. It is located in the west of the country, 1336 km away from the national capital Ulan Bator. Its capital is Ulaangom, which lies 936m above sea level.

Parts of the steppe in this province are protected as the World Heritage Site Uvs Nuur Basin. In the north, just out of view, the province borders the Russian Federation for 640km, in the east 340 km of border lies between Uvs and Zavkhan province. In the south and west it borders with Khovd and Bayan-Ölgii provinces for 200km each.

The province occupies 4.45% of the national territory, which is equivalent of 69,585 sq. km. Sixty percent of the total area of the province belongs to the mountainous climatic zone, and 40% to the Gobi semi-desert.

The province is named after Mongolia’s biggest lake, Uvs Nuur, touching the top edge of the image. Also visible here are the other five major lakes of Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression: Lakes Khyargas (below Lake Uvs), Airag (smaller, just south of the former), Khar-Us (southwest of Lake Khyargas), Khar (east of the former) and Dörgön (south of Lake Khar).

Another body of water, Lake Ulungur, is visible near the center of the left edge. This lake, as well as the rest of the land in the lower left quadrant, belongs to China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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