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Lake Alakol in Kazakhstan and Lake Bosten in China

43.7N 84.1E

October 2nd, 2011 Category: Deserts, Lakes

China - August 24th, 2011

Visible in the top left corner of this image of Asia is Lake Alakol, in east central Kazakhstan. 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.

Moving across the mountains and into China, another lake can be observed near the northern part of the Taklamakan Desert: Bosten Lake, a freshwater lake in the Bayin’gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture. Covering an area of about 1000 km2 (together with adjacent small lakes), it is one of the largest inland freshwater lakes in China.

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