The lake become known because of it's magnificent
neighbour - Khan-Tengri - one of the most beautiful peaks
of Tien-Shan mountain kingdom, which has been attracting
pilgrims from the time immemorial.
Outstanding Russian explorers of Central
Asia: Semenov-Tienshanskiy, Severtsev, Ignatiev supposed that Khan-Tengri
is the head of huge mountain junction in Meridional range.
In 1903, Mertzbaher, attempting approach to Khan-Tengri
peak, reached the upper grounds of South Inylchek where
he surprisingly invented two discovers: First he realized that Khan-Tengri located
in one of the spurs of Meridional range and therefore cannot be a head of the
junction. Secondly he discovered the alpine lake on the right side of South
Inylchek glacier at the conjunction with North Inylchek glacier.
Since that time the lake has been agitating the scholars from all over the world.
They refer to the lake as: Mystique and unique, vanishing at the end of the
summer and appearing again next year
The lake has two basins, set on different levels.
The upper lake is presently measured 2 km long and 1 km across, while the second,
the lower lake is 3,5 km long and 1,2 km across and set 400 metres lower than
first. The lakes are separated from each other by icy barrier, so the water
flow over it.
Once a year, usually at the first decade
of August, then the lake is almost full with melted waters, it bursts under
the glacier and nearly 150 tons of water stoop down valley sweeping everything
on the way. It continues around 5-7 days then the cycle starts again. Then there
is no water in the lakes, appear tight uliginous bottom with fantastic icy formations
break off the glacier body.
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