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Lakes Zaysan and Ulungur in Kazakhstan and China

47.3N 87.1E

May 17th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Kazakhstan, Russia and China - May 2nd, 2011

Visible at the top of this image are the Altai Mountains, in southwestern Siberia, Russia near the borders with China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

Visible to the south is Lake Zaysan, in eastern Kazakhstan, in a hollow between the Altai and Tarbagatai Mountains. A freshwater lake, at around 1,810 km² (700 mi²) it is the largest lake in the East Kazakhstan Province.

Moving eastward, one can see Lake Ulungur, in Fuhai County, Xinjiang, China. With an area of 1,035 square kilometers, the lake is one of China’s ten largest freshwater lakes.

Golden Mountains of Altai World Heritage Site, Russia

50.0N 84.9E

May 13th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Golden Mountains of Altai is the name of an UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of the Altai and Katun Natural Reserves, Lake Teletskoye, Belukha Mountain, and the Ukok Plateau.

The site covers a vast area of 16,175 km². This orthorectified image shows part of the site near the Kazakhstan border (part of the lower left quadrant is in the territory of Kazakhstan, while the rest of the land visible belongs to Russia).

As stated in the UNESCO description of the site, “the region represents the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia, from steppe, forest-steppe, mixed forest, subalpine vegetation to alpine vegetation”.

While making its decision, UNESCO also cited Russian Altai’s importance for preservation of the globally endangered mammals, such as snow leopard and the Altai argali.

Confluence of Biya and Katun Rivers Forming the Ob River, Russia

52.5N 85.2E

May 10th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Russia - April 28th, 2010

The Ob River crosses the upper half of this orthorectified image of western Siberia, Russia. It is the country’s fourth longest river and is famous for having the longest estuary in the world.

Here, the Ob can be observed at its origin: the confluence of the Biya and Katun Rivers, 16 miles (26 km) southwest of Biysk in Altai Krai (the city is visible upon opening the full image).

Both the Biya and the Katun have their origin in the Altai Mountains, visible here in the lower part of the image. The former issues from Lake Teletskoye; the latter, 80 miles (130 km) long, bursts out of a glacier on Mount Byelukha.

many square and rectangular fields can be seen near the river’s banks. Further south, the peaks of the Altai Mountains

Lake Zaysan Between the Altai and Tarbagatai Mountains, Kazakhstan

47.9N 83.8E

May 5th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Kazakhstan - April 28th, 2010

Kazakhstan - April 28th, 2010

Lake Zaysan is a freshwater lake in eastern Kazakhstan, visible in this orthorectified image in a hollow between the Altai and Tarbagatai Mountains. It is the largest lake in the East Kazakhstan Province, with a surface area of approximately 1,810 km² (700 mi²).

The lake lies at the altitude 420 m, is 105 km long and 22–48 km wide, with the maximum depth 15 m. Since the construction of the Bukhtarma dam the lake has risen 6 m (20 ft) above its natural level.

Its major tributaries are the Kara Irtysh (Black Irtysh) and Kendyrlyk from the east, its only outlet is the Irtysh River (or White Irtysh). The lake is generally frozen from the beginning of November to the end of April.

Lakes Near the Taklamakan Desert, China

42.0N 87.0E

October 19th, 2009 Category: Lakes

China - September 24th, 2009

China - September 24th, 2009

Several lakes are visible in this image of western China, despite being near to the arid Taklamakan Desert. Of note on the eastern end of the desert is the dry basin of the former Lake Lop Nur, now containing an area of salt fields that appear as a light yet bright blue rectangle.

Visible just north of the Taklamakan desert is Lake Bosten, a dark blue freshwater lake located 57 km northeast of Korla, Xinjiang in the Bayin’gholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture. With an area of about 1,000 square kilometers, it is the largest lake in Xinjiang.

Further north, appearing greenish in color, is Lake Ulungur, in Fuhai, Xinjiang. Covering an area of 1,035 square kilometers, the lake is one of China’s ten largest freshwater lakes. Lake Ulungur is divided into two sections: Buluntuo Lake and the smaller Jili Lake.

Finally, the lower end of Lake Zaysan, a freshwater lake in eastern Kazakhstan, can be seen in the upper left corner. The ca. 1,810 km² (700 mi²) lake is located in a hollow between the Altai and Tarbagatai Mountains.

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