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The reservoirs of the Kuma-Manych Depression in the territory of Kalmykia: Regimen, ecotonic systems of the shores, and use

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The paper considers the consequences of transformation of the hydrographic network in the Kuma-Manych Depression: the change in the direction of river flows, creation of artificial reservoirs (Manych-Gydilo Lake, Chograi Reservoir, Sostinsk Reservoirs), change in their hydrological regimen over time, and properties of formation of natural complexes in their shores. A decrease in the reservoir water levels and steady growth in mineralization of their waters are shown to have taken place in recent years; it is also shown that they are not always used rationally.

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Original Russian Text © S.S. Ulanova, 2011, published in Aridnye Ekosistemy, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 2(47), pp. 33–45.

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Ulanova, S.S. The reservoirs of the Kuma-Manych Depression in the territory of Kalmykia: Regimen, ecotonic systems of the shores, and use. Arid Ecosyst 1, 95–103 (2011).

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