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Lake Van, Van

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Lake Van is the largest lake in Turkey, located in the far east of the country in the provinces of Van and Bitlis. It is a saline soda lake, receiving water from numerous small streams that descend from the surrounding mountains. Lake Van is one of the world's largest endorheic lakes . The original outlet from the basin was blocked by an ancient volcanic eruption. Although Lake Van is situated at an altitude of 1640m in a region with harsh winters, its high salinity prevents most of it from freezing, and even the shallow northern section is only occasionally an exception.Hydrology and chemistryLake Van is across at its widest point, averaging a depth of 171m with a maximum recorded depth of 451m. The lake surface lies 1640m above sea level and the shore length is 430km. Lake Van has an area of 3755km2 and a volume of.The western portion of the lake is deepest, with a large basin deeper than 400m lying northeast of Tatvan and south of Ahlat. The eastern arms of the lake are shallower. The Van-Ahtamar portion shelves gradually, with a maximum depth of about 250m on its northwest side where it joins the rest of the lake. The Erciş arm is much shallower, mostly less than 50m, with a maximum depth of about 150m.The lake water is strongly alkaline (pH 9.7–9.8) and rich in sodium carbonate and other salts, which are extracted by evaporation and used as detergents.
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  • Located in Eastern Turkey Van is a wide Lake in the city. Evil Tamar island can move by ship.
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  • Although it is the largest in the country with this ovunemi so sad and yet so humble. Why don't you ask a big exposure to mold and it causes intangible unclaimed incapacitated and anything birakilma on one side, the sadness that the people of Turkey in the van in particular general public agenda but, on the other hand, of the snooty sokam. Similar to the one in the world more Sun! batişinin the fate of non-CBD Van Lake.
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  • Such a beauty, not knowing the value of olupfa we do not know in what a dereliction of Ameer Kim saya's picture page
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