Georgian: კარწახის ტბა
Turkish: Aktaş Gölü
View of the lake from the Georgian side
|Catchment area||158 km2 (61 sq mi)|
|Basin countries||Georgia, Turkey|
|Surface area||26.3 km2 (10.2 sq mi)|
|Max. depth||1 m (3 ft 3 in)|
|Water volume||19.3 km3 (4.6 cu mi)|
|Surface elevation||1,800 m (5,900 ft)|
Kartsakhi Lake (Georgian: კარწახის ტბა, karts'akhis tba), or Lake Khozapini (Georgian: ხოზაფინის ტბა, khozap'inis tba; Turkish: Hazapin Gölü), or Lake Aktaş (Turkish: Aktaş Gölü), is a soda lake in the Caucasus Mountains. It sits on the international border between Georgia (53%) and Turkey (47%).
It is the second largest lake in Georgia, covering an area of 26.3 or 26.6 square kilometres at an altitude of 1799 m. It is fed by a number of creeks. During the rainy season its excess water discharges to Kura River.An important bird habitat, it holds one of the largest populations of Eurasian eagle-owl in the country, with the Dalmatian pelican and great white pelican. The village of Kartsakhi lies near its northeastern bank.
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- Wetland page (Turkish)
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