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
Basin countries Georgia, Turkey
Surface area 26.3 km²
Max. depth 1 m
Water volume 19.3 km³
Salinity 880 ‰
Surface elevation 1,800 m

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 lake in the Caucasus Mountains. It sits on the international border between Georgia and Turkey.

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] 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. [3] 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. ^ 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.