Ili (Chinese ä¼ŠçŠæ²³), the largest artery of Central Asia has its origins in the Tien Shan mountains at an altitude of 3540 meters.
River stretches 1439 kilometers, of which 624 - pass through the territory of China. The river crosses several geological and climatic zones, falling into Lake Balkhash.
Dunes here miraculously coexist with water meadows.
In the lower delta of the river divides many branches, which in turn form the numerous lakes.
On a large river water spasayutcya pets from heat and insects.
Delta lakes, which are also called "Orel" fall. The name is connected with a lot of white-tailed eagles that live here, eating mostly fish.
Winter wind blows from the frozen lakes surface snow layer, forming spectacular patterns.
However, despite the severe cold in the cold season, not all the lakes freeze.
Some wetland methane reservoirs, breaking the surface, the ice melts.