Balkhash

Balkhash

Paul freshwater lake in the eastern part of Kazakhstan, the second largest perennial salt lake (after the Caspian Sea), and 13th in the list of the largest lakes in the world. The uniqueness of the lake is that it is divided by a narrow strait into two parts with different chemical characteristics of water – in the western part it is practically fresh, and in the eastern – salty.

The lake belongs to the Balkhash-Alakol river basins and is located right in the three regions of Kazakhstan: Almaty, Zhambyl and Karaganda. To the north of the lake stretches the vast Kazakh low hills to the west stretches Betpak-Dala, and are located in the south of Chu-Ili mountains, sand and Taukum Saryesik Atyrau.