Lake Issyk-Kul: Its Natural Environment

  • Jean Klerkx
  • Beishen Imanackunov

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAIV, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Physical and Chemical Characteristics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. G. D. Shabunin, A. G. Shabunin
      Pages 3-11
    3. A. S. Karmanchuk
      Pages 13-26
    4. V. V. Romanovsky
      Pages 27-43
    5. V. E. Matychenkov
      Pages 59-70
    6. A. N. Mandychev
      Pages 71-76
    7. V. V. Romanovsky, G. D. Shabunin
      Pages 77-87
    8. M. De Batist, Y. Imbo, P. Vermeesch, J. Klerkx, S. Giralt, D. Delvaux et al.
      Pages 101-123
    9. S. Giralt, J. Klerkx, S. Riera, R. Julia, V. Lignier, C. Beck et al.
      Pages 125-145
    10. K. E. Abdrachmatov, K. D. Djanuzakov, D. Delvaux
      Pages 147-160
    11. Beishen Imanackunov
      Pages 161-166
  3. Case Studies in Other Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-260
    2. D. N. Pachajanov, D. L. Patina, N. I. Volkova
      Pages 169-179
    3. V. N. Egorov, G. G. Polikarpov, N. N. Tereshchenko
      Pages 191-206
    4. S. E. Beaubien, S. Lombardi, N. Voltattorni
      Pages 245-260
  4. Social and Ethical Aspects

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 283-286

About this book


Lake Issyk-Kul is a closed lake located in the Tien Shan mountain belt of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. It is the world's fifth deepest lake (668 m) and the second largest high altitude lake in the world (1607 m above sea level). The lake is affected by several environmental threats of both anthropogenic and natural origin: decline of the lake level resulting in progressively increasing salinity, incomplete vertical water exchange, and risk of contamination by past and present industrial activity.
Although the lake has been intensively studied, the information is only available in unpublished reports or local scientific journals. This book presents for the first time to an international audience the main physical, chemical, biological and geological characteristics of the lake, the fruits of many years of observations, complemented by recent results of international projects. Case studies of similar problems in other parts of the world are presented, together with ethical aspects of the environmental protection of the lake.


Groundwater ecology ecosystem environment environmental protection ethics plankton sea level

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Klerkx
    • 1
  • Beishen Imanackunov
    • 2
  1. 1.International Bureau for Environmental StudiesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz RepublicBishkekKyrgyzstan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0900-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0491-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-1238
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