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Rivers of Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan – August 26th, 2012

46.6N 75.7E

August 26th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Kazakhstan – August 23rd, 2012

The waters of Lake Balkhash, in Kazakhstan, range in color from bright blue to the east and milky teal to the west. Several rivers can be seen empyting into the lake (from east to west): Ayaguz River, Aksy River, Karatal River and Ili River. Much vegetation can be seen by the banks of the Ili River. Between the Ili and the Karatal lies the Saryesik-Atyrau Desert.

Bays and Islands of Western End of Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan

45.5N 73.7E

August 15th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Kazakhstan – August 14th, 2012

While the southwestern shores of Lake Balkhash show large, green areas of vegetation, the northwestern shores show significantly less. Interesting features of the northern shoreline include Saryshagan Bay (diagonally northwest across from the Ili River on the southern side) and nearby Tasaral Island. Visible at the southernmost tip of the western end is Shempek Bay, near the islands of Basaran and Ortaaral. Although this image focuses on the western half of Lake Balkhash, the entire body of water can be observed upon opening the full image.

Ili River and Milky Blue Waters of Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan

46.6N 75.7E

May 10th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Kazakhstan - May 8th, 2012

The western end of Lake Balkhash appears milky blue from sediments suspended in its waters. The lake is divided by a strait into two distinct parts. The western part is fresh water, while the eastern half is saline, and the eastern part is on average 1.7 times deeper than the western part. Lake Balkhash is one of the largest lakes in Asia, 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 and is visible here on the right side of the image. The Ili is fed from precipitation (largely vernal snowmelt) from the mountains of China’s Xinjiang region. The lake currently covers 16400 km2, but, like the Aral Sea, it is shrinking because of the diversion of water from the rivers that feed it.

Ili River Delta on Shores of Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan – September 5th, 2011

45.7N 74.2E

September 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Kazakhstan - August 29th, 2011

The Ili River is a river in northwestern China (Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region) and southeastern Kazakhstan (the Almaty Province).

It is 1,439 km (894 mi) long, 815 km (506 mi) of which is in Kazakhstan. It takes its beginning in eastern Tian Shan from the Tekes and Kunges (or Künes) rivers. The Ili River drains the basin between the Tian Shan the Borohoro (P’o-lo-k’o-nu) Mountains to the north.

Flowing into Lake Balkhash it forms a large delta with vast wetland regions of lakes, marshes and thicket vegetation, as can be observed here by the teal-colored waters of the lake.

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.