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Located about 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of Almaty, Big Almaty Lake is the main attraction of Alatau-Eliy National Park. The alpine lake is high in the Tien Shan Mountains at an altitude of 8,238 feet (2,511 meters). It is fed by the Almaty River and covers the bottom of the Big Almaty Gorge, which is surrounded by towering mountain peaks. The lake is about one mile (two kilometers) long, one-half mile (one kilometer) wide, and 131 feet (40 meters) deep. Its deep bluish-green color is caused by minerals that are washed down from the mountains and suspended in the water. Because Big Almaty Lake is at such a high elevation, its waters are frigid, and do not get warmer than 46 degrees Farenheit (eight degrees Celcius), even in July.

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  • Updated Oct 6, 2012
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