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A shallow, stream-fed, soda-rich lake situated on the high plateau of the Turkish-Georgian border zone. About 1,400 of the lake's 2,700 ha lie within Turkey, and this area includes 12 uninhabited and sparsely vegetated islands. Arable fields and grazing land adjoin the lake; there are a few small reedbeds (Phragmites). Access is highly restricted for military reasons, and human disturbance is therefore minimal. Fishing is solely land-based.
One of three Turkish Pelecanus onocrotalus breeding sites and one of seven P. crispus breeding sites. Melanitta fusca is also thought to breed.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aktaş Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/01/2021.