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Lake Aschikol in Zhambyl region.

Lakes of Zhambyl region.

“As a great artist, nature knows how to achieve great effects with little means”

G. Heine.

A trip to Lake  the Zhambyl region.

The bitter-salty drainage lake Ashchikol is located in the Talas district of the Zhambyl region in southern Kazakhstan. The lake is located 15 kilometers northwest of the administrative center of Talas district of Akkol village.
The lake is located at an altitude of 397 meters above sea level. The length of the lake is 6 kilometers 485 meters, the width of the lake is 5 kilometers 855 meters. The average depth of 3 meters, the greatest depth of the lake 4 meters.
In the eastern part of the lake are the tract Talgarbaytuma. 5 kilometers west of the lake is Lake Tuzkol in the full-flowing years, these two lakes are interconnected. The lake freezes from late December to late March.
The shores of the lake are silty, the northern shores of the lake are steep. The lake has a completely flat bottom with a barely noticeable decrease towards the center. The shape of the lake basin is round. The bottom of the lake consists mainly of saline clay and when dried it is covered with salt crystals.
In the period from 2017 to 2019, Lake Ashchikol was filled with melt and flood waters, the volume of water in Lake Ashchikol increased.

Lake Ashchikol and its environs in the Zhambyl region.Gypsum craters near Lake Aschikol.Lake Ashchikol and its environs in the Zhambyl region.Lake Ashchikol and its environs in the Zhambyl region.Gypsum craters near Lake Aschikol.Lake Ashchikol and its environs in the Zhambyl region.Lake Ashchikol and its environs in the Zhambyl region.Lake Ashchikol and its environs in the Zhambyl region.Lake Ashchikol and its environs in the Zhambyl region.Lake Ashchikol and its environs in the Zhambyl region.Lake Ashchikol and its environs in the Zhambyl region.Lake Ashchikol and its environs in the Zhambyl region.Gypsum craters near Lake Aschikol.

Authority and photos
Alexander Petrov.