Great Lakes Depression

Great Lakes Depression

Great Lakes Depression

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The Great Lakes Depression (, Ikh Nuuruudyn Khotgor) is a large semi-arid depression in Mongolia that covers parts of the Uvs, Khovd, Zavkhan and Govi-Altai aimag. Bounded by the Altai in the West, Khangai in the East and Tannu-Ola Mountains in the North, with elevations from 750 to 2000m.

Small northern parts of the depression are part of Russia., Great Soviet Encyclopedia

The depression is named so because it contains six major Mongolian lakes: saline Uvs Nuur, Khyargas Nuur and Dörgön Nuur; and freshwater Khar-Us Nuur, Khar Nuur and Airag Nuur. In addition, it includes 14,000&nbsp;km<sup>2</sup> of solonchaks and large sandy areas. Northern parts are dominated by arid steppes, and southern by semideserts or deserts. The major rivers are Khovd Gol, Zavkhan Gol, and Tesiin Gol.

The depression is a major freshwater basin of Mongolia and contains important wetlands of Central Asia. The wetlands are based on the system of interconnected shallow lakes with wide reed belts within a generally desert steppe. The wetlands...
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