Tarbagatai Mountains

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The Tarbagatai Mountains (Mongolian: Тарвагатай; Chinese: 塔尔巴哈台山; pinyin: Tǎ'ěrbāhātái Shān) are a range of mountains located in the north-western parts of Xinjiang, China and East Kazakhstan.

An eastern extension of the Tarbagatai is the Saur Range.

Drainage[edit]

As it is common for mountain ranges, there is more precipitation in the Tarbagatai mountains than in the adjacent flatlands. The mountains are thus an important watershed. Streams from the northern slopes of the Tarbagatai flow into Lake Zaysan, which eventually drains (via the Irtysh) into the Arctic Ocean. The streams of the southern slope, many of which merge into the Emil River, flow into the Emin Valley (the basin of the endorheic Lake Alakol); they are an important source of water for several counties of Tacheng (Tarbagatay) Prefecture in China.

Coordinates: 47°11′18″N 82°27′59″E / 47.18833°N 82.46639°E / 47.18833; 82.46639