Barak Kol Lake

About Barak Kol Lake

Barak Kol is a lake in Ulytau District, Karaganda Region, of central Kazakhstan between the mountains Gora Akdongul and Gora Baygetobe. Köl is the word for lake in Turkic languages, and Baraq was a khan of the Chagatai Khanate, a great-great-grandson of Genghis Khan.

Barak Kol is an important wetland for migrating geese, specifically Anser anser, the greylag goose, and Anser erythropus, the lesser white-fronted goose. The lake is approximately 3.5 kilometres (3,500 m) wide and 4 kilometres (4,000 m) long. The lake is freshwater with reeds growing along the margins. It lies in a shallow valley pinching out to the north and opening out to the south with low hills to the northeast and northwest.

It is part of the proposed Ulytau-Arganatinsk nature reserve. The nearest settlement is Arganatinsk.

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