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Caucasus Lakes

The higher elevations of the Greater Caucasus contain numerous small mountain lakes, while a number of saltwater lakes occur in the arid regions of northeastern Transcaucasia. Most of the Caucasus lakes have a glacial (78.5%) or. karst (10%) genesis. Ritsa is deepest lake among lakes of Caucasus.

There are not many lakes in Georgia, the largest being Lake Paravani (37 sq. km), and Lake Paliastomi (17,3 sq. km), and the deepest Lake Ritsa (116 m) and Lake Amtkeli (72-122 m) (both are impounded lakes).

Lake Ritsa located in the North part of Abkhazia. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Caucasus mountains. It's waterline is 900 meters above the Ocean level.

Largest lakes in Georgia:
Paravani - 37.5 sq.km (14.4 sq ml)
Kartsakhi - 26.3 sq.km (10.1 sq ml)
Paliastomi - 18.2 sq.km (7.0 sq ml)
Tabatskuri - 14.2 sq.km (5.4 sq ml)
Khanchali -13.3 sq.km (5.1 sq ml)
Jandari - 10.6 sq.km  (4.0 sq ml)

Van Lake is the greatest one from the lakes in the area. More than 130 mountain lakes are located at high altitudes, among them: lakes Kardyvach, Inpsi and Bezmolviya.

The two larger blue lakes toward the horizon are Lake Urmina in Iran and Lake Van


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