A large drainless lake in the north-eastern part of Uzbekistan was formed not so long ago. Until 1968 there were salt marshes on the site of Aydarkul.

In 1968 – 69, due to heavy rainfall, part of the waters of the Syr Darya was sent to the Aydar Basin, which led to the appearance of a huge lake in the middle of the desert. After the flooding of the depression – the hills began to constitute islands and peninsulas, and the lows between them – kultuki.

One of the shores of Aydarkul is adjacent to the Kyzylkum border, the second to the Nurata mountain ranges.

Today, the lake area is about 3000 km², its length is almost 250 km, and its width is up to 15 km. Snakeheads, crucian carp, carp, rudd and silver carps are found in the lake, and on the shores you can meet unusual birds of rare beauty. In the vicinity you can see camels, turtles, lizards, hares and even a giant monitor lizard.

 

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