TAJIKISTAN: Aquatic life on “the roof of the world” at 4000 m high. Part 2

By Heiko Bleher

…But my ultimate destination was Kara-kul, the “Black lake” (translated from the Kyrgyz language), lying almost 4,000 metres above sea level, which is a brackish lake nestled amid snow-capped peaks of the Pamir Plateau and which is one of the highest in the world. It is believed to have been formed when a meteor struck the earth millions of years ago, the aquamarine waters of Lake Kara-kul appear oasis-like amid the barren, stony landscape of the soaring Pamirs – known since Victoria times as the ‘roof of the world’…

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