Bartang River

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The Bartang river is a river of Central Asia, tributary to the Panj river and consequently to the Amu-Darya.wikipedia
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Rushon District

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In its upper reaches, it is known as the Murghab River and Aksu River; it flows in the Wakhan in Afghanistan, then in the Roshan District of the Gorno-Badakhshan province, Tajikistan.
It stretches along the Bartang River between the Yazgulem Range to the north and the Rushon Range to the south.

Wakhan

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In its upper reaches, it is known as the Murghab River and Aksu River; it flows in the Wakhan in Afghanistan, then in the Roshan District of the Gorno-Badakhshan province, Tajikistan. The river rises in Chaqmaqtin Lake in the Little Pamir in the Wakhan, where it is known as the Aksu ("white water").
West of the Pamir Knot is the Little Pamir, a broad U-shaped grassy valley 100 km long and 10 km wide, which contains Chaqmaqtin Lake, the headwaters of the Aksu or Murghab River.

Amu Darya

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The Bartang river is a river of Central Asia, tributary to the Panj river and consequently to the Amu-Darya.

Murghab, Tajikistan

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It then flows east and crosses into Tajikistan, then turns north to the city of Murghab passing the village of Shaimak.
It located at the junction of the Murghab River and the Pamir Highway.

Little Pamir

The river rises in Chaqmaqtin Lake in the Little Pamir in the Wakhan, where it is known as the Aksu ("white water").
The Aksu or Murghab River flows east from the lake through the Little Pamir to enter Tajikistan at the eastern end of the valley.

Chaqmaqtin Lake

The river rises in Chaqmaqtin Lake in the Little Pamir in the Wakhan, where it is known as the Aksu ("white water").
The Aksu or Murghab River flows east from the lake through the Little Pamir to enter Tajikistan at the eastern end of the valley.

Usoi Dam

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A few kilometres below Murghab is Sarez Lake, formed by a landslide during the 1911 Sarez earthquake, which created the world's highest natural dam, Usoi Dam. The landslide, estimated at two cubic kilometers of rock, formed a natural dam called the Usoi Dam.
The Usoi Dam is a natural landslide dam along the Murghab River in Tajikistan.

Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region

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In its upper reaches, it is known as the Murghab River and Aksu River; it flows in the Wakhan in Afghanistan, then in the Roshan District of the Gorno-Badakhshan province, Tajikistan.

1911 Sarez earthquake

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A few kilometres below Murghab is Sarez Lake, formed by a landslide during the 1911 Sarez earthquake, which created the world's highest natural dam, Usoi Dam. On February 18, 1911, the 1911 Sarez earthquake, estimated at 7.4 on the Richter magnitude scale, caused a large landslide which completely blocked the flow of the Murghab and buried a local village.
It triggered a massive landslide, blocking the Murghab River and forming the Usoi Dam, the tallest dam in the world, creating Sarez Lake.

Sarez Lake

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A few kilometres below Murghab is Sarez Lake, formed by a landslide during the 1911 Sarez earthquake, which created the world's highest natural dam, Usoi Dam.
The lake formed in 1911, after a great earthquake, when the Murghab River was blocked by a big landslide.

Panj River

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The Bartang river is a river of Central Asia, tributary to the Panj river and consequently to the Amu-Darya. The Bartang traces a route down the western Pamir Mountains, flowing 132 km before becoming a tributary to the Panj River at the border of Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
After passing the city of Khorog, capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan it receives water from one of its main tributaries, the Bartang River.

Rushon

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The Bartang enters the Panj River just upstream from the town of Rushon.
It is on the Panj River just downstream from the mouth of the Bartang River at the point where the Panj briefly turns west before resuming its northerly course.

Central Asia

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The Bartang river is a river of Central Asia, tributary to the Panj river and consequently to the Amu-Darya.

Afghanistan

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In its upper reaches, it is known as the Murghab River and Aksu River; it flows in the Wakhan in Afghanistan, then in the Roshan District of the Gorno-Badakhshan province, Tajikistan.

Tajikistan

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In its upper reaches, it is known as the Murghab River and Aksu River; it flows in the Wakhan in Afghanistan, then in the Roshan District of the Gorno-Badakhshan province, Tajikistan.

Pamir Mountains

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The Bartang traces a route down the western Pamir Mountains, flowing 132 km before becoming a tributary to the Panj River at the border of Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Pamir National Park

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Much of the river lies within the boundaries of Tajik National Park.

Glacier

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The Bartang is fed mostly by glacier and snow melt.

Murghab River

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Above that the Ghudara River and the Murghab Rivers join to form the Bartang.

Fedchenko Glacier

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The road follows the Ghudata northeast to its junction with the Tanimas which leads west to the Fedchenko Glacier.

Karakul (Tajikistan)

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A road of sorts continues east to lake Karakul.

Richter magnitude scale

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On February 18, 1911, the 1911 Sarez earthquake, estimated at 7.4 on the Richter magnitude scale, caused a large landslide which completely blocked the flow of the Murghab and buried a local village.

Landslide

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On February 18, 1911, the 1911 Sarez earthquake, estimated at 7.4 on the Richter magnitude scale, caused a large landslide which completely blocked the flow of the Murghab and buried a local village.

Dam

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The landslide, estimated at two cubic kilometers of rock, formed a natural dam called the Usoi Dam.

Liquefaction

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Geologists believe that the dam may be unstable and could collapse during a future strong earthquake, either from structural failure of the earthen dam itself or liquefaction of the soil & rock debris making up the dam.