Lake Alakol and Dzhungarian Gate, Kazakhstan46.1N 81.7E
Greenish sediments line the northwestern shores of Lake Alakol, meaning “motley lake” in Turkic, a lake located in the Almaty and Shyghyz provinces, east central Kazakhstan. Its elevation is 347 m above sea level.
The lake is the northwest extension of the region known as the Dzhungarian Gate (Alataw Pass), a narrow valley connects the southern uplands of Kazakhstan with arid northwest China. The Dzhungarian Gate is a fault-bounded valley (see vertical line on the image along the southwest side of the lake) where the elevation of the valley floor is between 350–450 m above sea level and the peaks of the Dzhungarsky Alatau range (lower left) reach 4,463 m above sea level.