Kartsakhi Lake

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Kartsakhi Lake
Georgian: კარწახის ტბა
Turkish: Aktaş Gölü
Lake Kartsakhi 1.jpg
View of the lake from the Georgian side
Kartsakhi Lake is located in Samtskhe-Javakheti
Kartsakhi Lake
Kartsakhi Lake
Kartsakhi Lake is located in Georgia (country)
Kartsakhi Lake
Kartsakhi Lake
Coordinates 41°12′54″N 43°13′16″E / 41.21500°N 43.22111°E / 41.21500; 43.22111Coordinates: 41°12′54″N 43°13′16″E / 41.21500°N 43.22111°E / 41.21500; 43.22111
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)
Salinity 880 ‰
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.[1][2] It is fed by a number of creeks. During the rainy season its excess water discharges to Kura River.[3]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.[4] The village of Kartsakhi lies near its northeastern bank.


  1. ^ Hlavinek, Petr (2008). Dangerous pollutants (xenobiotics) in urban waters cycle. Springer. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-4020-6800-3. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Prokhorov, Aleksandr Mikhaĭlovich (1982). Great Soviet encyclopedia. Macmillan. p. 195. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Wetland page (in Turkish)
  4. ^ Evans, M. I.; Heath, Melanie F.; International, BirdLife (2000). Important bird areas in Europe: priority sites for conservation. BirdLife International. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-946888-35-1. Retrieved 6 October 2011.