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Climate Change’s Effect on Glaciers Around Lake Issyk Kul, Kazakhstan

40.6N 79.6E

June 22nd, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Deserts, Lakes VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Kazakhstan and China – June 21st, 2013

In the last 15 years, all of the 22 glaciers around Lake Issyk Kul (center, between Lake Balqash and the Taklamakan Desert), in Kazakhstan, have retreated. There are a number of reasons for the degradation of glaciation in Issyk Kul, but the increase in surface pollution and climate change are the main ones.

Both contribute to more intense melting and therefore degrade the mass balance of the glacier. The average yearly temperature in the glaciation zone has risen by 0.2ºC; summers are warmer by 0.6ºC, evidenced not only by melting rates but by a longer ablation period. This continued warming trend will accelerate glacial collapse and, most important, lead to a change in the water volume in the rivers the glaciers help to feed (click here for more information).

Lakes and Mountains of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan – October 13th, 2012

42.3N 77.2E

October 13th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Kazakhstan – October 10th, 2012

Several lakes can be observed in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, northwest of the Taklamakan Desert (lower right) in China. Nearest the desert is Lake Issyk Kul, an endorheic lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. Although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes.

North of Lake Issyk Kul is Lake Balkhash, in southeastern Kazakhstan, belonging to an endorheic basin shared by Kazakhstan and China, with a small part in Kyrgyzstan. The basin drains into the lake via seven rivers, most notably the Ili River, which is fed from precipitation (largely vernal snowmelt) from the mountains of China’s Xinjiang region.

Visible to the east of Lake Balkhash, near the right edge of the image, is Lake Alakol, located in east central Kazakhstan. The lake is the northwest extension of the region known as the Dzhungarian Gate (Alataw Pass), a narrow, fault-bounded valley that connects the southern uplands of Kazakhstan with arid northwest China.

Taklamakan Desert and Lakes Issyk Kul, Balkhash and Alakol – September 26th, 2011

41.3N 79.5E

September 26th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

China - September 7th, 2011

This image offers a stunning view of the Taklamakan Desert, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, and the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan Mountains to the west and north.

Visible in the upper left quadrant are Lake Issyk Kul, dark blue, in Kyrgyzstan; part of Lake Balkhash, touching the left edge, in southeastern Kazakhstan; and Lake Alakol, just east of the former, also in Kazakhstan.

Lakes and Deserts in China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

42.3N 77.2E

July 22nd, 2011 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Mountains

China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan - July 14th, 2011

This image of Asia stretches from Lake Balkhash, in Kazakhstan, to Lake Issyk Kul, in Kyrgyzstan, to the Taklamakan Desert in China. The Tian Shan mountains surrounded Lake Issyk Kul and border the Taklamakan Desert.

Lake Issyk Kul is an endorheic lake in eastern Kyrgyzstan; Lake Balkhash alongs belongs to an endorheic basin shared by Kazakhstan and China, with a small part in Kyrgyzstan. The basin drains into the lake via seven rivers.

Taklamakan Desert and Lake Issyk Kul, China and Kyrgyzstan

40.2N 81.9E

June 29th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Mountains

China and Kyrgyzstan - June 21st, 2011

The Taklamakan Desert stretches across an area of 270,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi) of the Tarim Basin, in China. It is roughly 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long and 400 kilometres (250 mi) wide.

The desert is bounded by the Tian Shan Mountains to the north. Across these mountains lies Lake Issyk Kul, an endorheic lake in the northern part of the mountains, in eastern Kyrgyzstan.