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Lake Alakol in Akmola region.

Lakes of Akmola region.

"I am today a pine mill
Overtaking on all roads.
I took a tulip today -
Like a child by the chin"

Marina Tsvetaeva. August 16 - 17, 1936.

Fishing on the lakes of Central Kazakhstan.

Fresh Lake Alakol is located in the south of the Astrakhan region of Akmola region. The area of ​​the lake is 50.5 kilometers square, the length of the lake is 5 kilometers, the greatest width is 1 kilometer, the length of the coastline is 36 kilometers, the average depth is 1.3 meters.
The greatest depth is 4.5 meters, the volume of water is 71 million cubic meters, the catchment area is 1240 kilometers square . The shores of Lake Alakol are steep, 4.5 meters high, clay-loamy, the bottom is flat, silty (the thickness of the silt is 0.4 - 0.5 meters).
Along the shores of the basin are reed beds. The water level is maintained due to spring snowmelt, precipitation and partially groundwater. The average annual water level fluctuation is 0.4 - 0.5 meters, in a multi-year section 4.5 meters. In the dry years of 1936, 1949, 1950 - 1952, the lake dried up.
The fish resources of Lake Alakol are small. Most of the coastal territory is plowed up, the rest used for grazing farm animals, is covered with fescue-feather grass, wormwood, and in places hodgepodge vegetation.
Araltobe tract is located in the north of the lake, in the north-west there is a small lake Bolgan, in the south the lake is supported by the drying out lake Kurkildek.

Brief Encyclopedia Kazakh SSR, Volume 2, Nature, Alma-Ata, 1990. T.R. Omarov.