Bays and Islands of Western End of Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan45.5N 73.7E
While the southwestern shores of Lake Balkhash show large, green areas of vegetation, the northwestern shores show significantly less. Interesting features of the northern shoreline include Saryshagan Bay (diagonally northwest across from the Ili River on the southern side) and nearby Tasaral Island. Visible at the southernmost tip of the western end is Shempek Bay, near the islands of Basaran and Ortaaral. Although this image focuses on the western half of Lake Balkhash, the entire body of water can be observed upon opening the full image.