Problems and Perspectives of Saving Sarez Lake
The paper discusses the risks associated with a possible catastrophic event of the collapse of Sarez Lake. The lake was formed in a narrow mountainous area after ground subsidence, which resulted from the severe earthquake in the valley of Murghab in February 1911. Currently, the lake has approximately 17 km3 of water, with a maximum depth of 500 m. Sarez Lake is situated in a seismically active zone, and the possibility of the lake collapsing could lead to the destruction of an area of 52,000 km2, affecting more than 5 million people in the territory of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It also would cause complicated ecological problems.
KeywordsLake Level Sudden Collapse Annual Inflow High Seismic Activity Seismic Landslide
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