The water in the southern part of the lake is fresh, and the northern part is mineralized by underground saline sources.
Lake Alakol is a famous natural landmark of East Kazakhstan. This drainless lake was widely known in the Middle Ages, when one of the trade routes of the Great Silk Road was passing near its area. Tired wanderers noticed a surge of strength from the salty waters of Alakol, and modern scientists have confirmed their positive effect on the body. People come here to improve their health, take a break from the bustle of the city and just get some fresh air. The water in the southern part of the lake is fresh, and the northern part is mineralized by underground saline sources. The Alakol State Nature Reserve was founded here, as well as the doors of many sanatoriums and rest homes.
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