Turtle Lake (Tbilisi)

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Turtle Lake
Kus Tba
კუს ტბა
Turtle Lake, Tbilisi (1).jpg
Location Outskirts of Tbilisi
Coordinates 41°42′01″N 44°45′15″E / 41.70028°N 44.75417°E / 41.70028; 44.75417Coordinates: 41°42′01″N 44°45′15″E / 41.70028°N 44.75417°E / 41.70028; 44.75417
Primary inflows Varazis-Khevi River
Catchment area 40 ha (99 acres)
Basin countries Georgia
Surface area 3.4 ha (8.4 acres)
Max. depth 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Surface elevation 686.7 m (2,253 ft)

Turtle Lake is a direct English translation of Kus Tba (Georgian: კუს ტბა), a small lake at the outskirts of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, so named due to the perceived abundance of turtles living in these places. The other, less frequently used name of this lake is K'ork'i (ქორქის ტბა).

Turtle Lake is located on the wooded northern slope of Mtatsminda Mount at elevation of 686.7 m above sea level and fed by a small river Varazis-Khevi, a tributary to the Mtkvari (Kura). The area of surface is 0.034 km², while the catchment area is 0.4 km². Maximal depth is 2.6 m.

The Turtle Lake area is designed as a recreational zone and is frequented by the Tbilisians on weekends. It is also a place where festivals and concerts are held. It can be reached either via a road or an aerial tramway leading from Tbilisi’s Vake Municipality - this began operating once more in October 2016, is open from 8:00 until 22:00 and costs 1 lari in each direction. West to the lake is the Open Air Museum of Ethnography, a large exhibition of Georgia’s folk architecture.[1]

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  1. ^ Apkhazava, I., "Kus Tba". Georgian Soviet Encyclopedia, vol. 6, p. 88. Tbilisi, 1983. (Georgian)

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