The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a closed freshwater lake in the Ubsunur Basin, on the border of the USSR and the Mongolian People’s Republic. The lake, which covers an area of 68.8 sq km, was formed when a tributary of the Tes-Khem River was enclosed by moving sand. It consists of two reaches, which are connected by a narrow strait. The shores are low-lying and sandy. Sand advances onto the lake from the northwest, forming large deposits in the southwestern part of the lake. Fish inhabiting the lake include the osman.



a lake in the southeastern Tuvinian ASSR. Lake Tere-khol’, covering an area of 39.1 sq km, is situated in a tectonic depression at an elevation of 1,300 m. It is the source of a tributary of the Balyktyg-Khem River of the Malyi Enisei (Ka-Khem) River basin. Remains of an eighth-century Uighur fortress have been preserved on an island in Lake Tere-Khol’.

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