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Tian Shan Mountains Around Lake Issyk Kul, Kazakhstan

42.3N 77.2E

June 20th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Kazakhstan - May 23rd, 2011

Lake Issyk Kul is an endorheic lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. Here, the mountains surrounding it are capped in snow, although the lake itself never freezes even in the coldest temperatures.

It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. The lake is a Ramsar site of globally significant biodiversity and forms part of the Issyk-Kul Biosphere Reserve.

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