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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.

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.


Rivers Draining into Lake Balqash, Kazakhstan – September 11th, 2009

46.5N 75.0E

September 11th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Kazakhstan - August 31st, 2009

Kazakhstan - August 31st, 2009

Eastern end

Eastern end

Western end

Western end

The waters of Lake Balqash, in southeastern Kazakhstan, appear bright turquoise. It is the second largest lake in Central Asia after the Aral Sea, and it is part of the same endorheic basin as the Caspian and Aral seas.

The two close-ups focus on the eastern and western ends of the lake. The western half of the lake is fresh water, while the eastern half is saline. The eastern half is also almost twice as deep.

The close-up of the western end also shows the Ili River, the chief river of the seven that drain into Lake Balqash. The Ili is fed from precipitation (largely vernal snowmelt) from the mountains of China’s Xinjiang region. It is 1,439 km (894 mi) long, 815 km (506 mi) of which are in Kazakhstan. Flowing into Lake Balqash it forms a large delta with vast wetland regions of lakes, marshes and jungle-like vegetation.

The close-up of the eastern end, on the other hand, shows (from left to right) the Karatal, Aksu and Lepsi Rivers draining into Lake Balqash. The Karatal is the second-largest of the rivers that empty into the lake. It rises in the Dzungarian Alatau Mountains near the border of Kazakhstan and China.