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Fresh Water Western Part of Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan

46.6N 75.7E

May 15th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Kazakhstan - May 2nd, 2011

Lake Balkhash is one of the largest lakes in Asia and 12th largest continental lake in the world. The lake currently covers 16,400 km2 (6,300 sq mi), but, like the Aral Sea, it is shrinking because of the diversion of water from the rivers that feed it.

The lake is divided by a strait into two distinct parts. The western part, upon which this image focuses, is fresh water, while the eastern half is saline. The eastern part is on average 1.7 times deeper than the western part. Here, the western part appears lighter and less blue in color than the eastern part.

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