Tuz-Köl (Kara-Köl)

Tuz-Köl (also named Kara Köl, meaning ‘dead lake’) is the saltiest lake in Kyrgyzstan with a perimeter of 1500 meters and depth of 11 meters. It is located on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake, near the village of Kara-Koo, 1609 meters above sea level. This lake is often compared to the Dead Sea in Israel. The water in the lake is so dense that swimming in it is like floating. According to scientific data, the amount of salt in the lake is 132 grams per liter. The high concentration of salt helps cure many diseases, such as psoriasis and other dermatological, gynecological, and musculoskeletal diseases. The silt mud along the coast formed as a result of microorganism activities has long been used for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes.

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