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Lakes Balqash, Sasykkol and Alakol in Southeastern Kazakhstan

46.2N 74.3E

August 19th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Kazakhstan - July 30th, 2010

The large, curved lake in the lower half of this image is Lake Balqash, in southeastern Kazakhstan. Two other bodies of water, Lakes Sasykkol (bright green) and Alakol (blue), can be seen to the east of the eastern tip of the former.

The waters of Lake Balqash gradually change in color from whitish tan, to the west, to bright blue, to the east. This is due to the influx of sediments from the Ili River. The land around the river, by the western end of the lake, is covered in vegetation and dark green.

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