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Lake Wooden in Kazakhstan.

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The lake Wooden is in left a channel of the river Charyn, on the left river bank Ili, in the Uigur region of Almaty region. From the settlement of Sharyn the lake is in 7 kilometers and from the automobile route in 12 kilometers.
The lake is in sands and cane thickets, the real oasis in the hot desert here. The name the lake was given flooded as a result of approach of sandy dunes a poplar - Asiatic poplar (Populus diversifolia). Approximately, 15 years ago on the northern coast of the lake there were flooded groves and even live trees remained.
The most west bank of Charyn is propped up by the sands moving from the river Il, trees appear in water, there were many stubs of the died trees. From here and name - Wooden. The lake is surrounded from the West and the North with desert Kumkala sands which dominate to the east on the right coast the river Ili.
From the East and the South the lake is surrounded riparian woodland and Asiatic poplar (Populus diversifolia) thickets. The river follows from the lake and continues the way to the river Ili. In the neighborhood of the lake beautiful places for a plant and animal life.
Coast of the lake sandy, with magnificent beaches and extensive thickets of a cane. From height of barkhans it is possible to see the magnificent mountains of Aktau (White mountains) which are on the opposite river bank Ili, in the territory of the State National natural park in the north "Altyn-Emel.
The water world of the lake is presented by a carp (Cyprinus carpio), a silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix), a grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), sheatfishes (Silurus) meet. Most likely life of the Wooden lake is short-lived, sand will become the reason of its disappearance.
The desert attacks the lake, gradually absorbing it, there will pass years and the lake will disappear, having left the numerous dried trunks of trees ashore. The lake will revive on other of the river Charyn and will fight against the coming desert again.

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Nazarchuk M. K. candidate of physiographic sciences.

Alexander Petrov.