Lake Balkhash had 3 islands (Basaran, Ortaaral, Tasaral), 5 peninsulas (Saryesik, Baygabyl, Balai, Shaukar, Kentubek) and 2 bays (Shempek and Saryshagan). Saryesik Peninsula, located near the middle of the lake, hydrographically divides it into two very different parts. The western part, which comprises 58% of the total lake area and 46% of its volume, is relatively shallow, quiet and is filled with freshwater, whereas the eastern part is much deeper and saltier. These parts are connected by the Strait Uzynaral (Ұзынарал).
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