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Rivers Draining Into Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan

46.6N 75.7E

June 21st, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Kazakhstan - May 23rd, 2011

Rivers draining into Lake Balkhash (or Lake Balqash) create green lines across the otherwise arid terrain. Sediments from these rivers give the waters of the lake a greenish tinge near their mouths.

Lake Balkhash, one of the largest lakes in Asia, is located in southeastern Kazakhstan. It belongs to an endorheic (closed) basin shared by Kazakhstan and China, with a small part in Kyrgyzstan.

The basin drains into the lake via seven rivers. The major one is the Ili River, which brings the majority of the riparian inflow; others, such as the Karatal, provide both surface and subsurface flow. The Ili is fed from precipitation (largely vernal snowmelt) from the mountains of China’s Xinjiang region.


One Response to “Rivers Draining Into Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan”

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    Amelia Carolina Sparavigna:

    The emerald green water of the lake is wonderful!
    Thank Earth Snapshot for this image!

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