Zorkul

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Zorkul (or Sir-i-kol, Syr Kul, Kol-ye Zor Kol, Kōl-ye Zor Kōl, Lake Victoria, Ozero Zorkul', Ozero Zorkul’, Sar-i-Kol, Sar-i-Kul,... ) is a lake in the Pamir Mountains that runs along the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.wikipedia
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Pamir Mountains

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Zorkul (or Sir-i-kol, Syr Kul, Kol-ye Zor Kol, Kōl-ye Zor Kōl, Lake Victoria, Ozero Zorkul', Ozero Zorkul’, Sar-i-Kol, Sar-i-Kul,... ) is a lake in the Pamir Mountains that runs along the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
The Great Pamir is around Lake Zorkul.

Zorkul Nature Reserve

Zorkul State Reserve
The lake's northern half lies in Tajikistan where it is protected as part of the Zorkul Nature Reserve.
The core of the reserve is the 3900 ha freshwater Zorkul lake at an altitude of 4125 m. The maximum depth of the lake is 6 m. Its surface is covered by vegetation.

Tajikistan

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Zorkul (or Sir-i-kol, Syr Kul, Kol-ye Zor Kol, Kōl-ye Zor Kōl, Lake Victoria, Ozero Zorkul', Ozero Zorkul’, Sar-i-Kol, Sar-i-Kul,... ) is a lake in the Pamir Mountains that runs along the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Out of the lake, towards the west, flows the Pamir River, tracing the Afghan-Tajik border.

Amu Darya

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It is therefore a source of the Amu Darya or Oxus River.

Pamir River

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Out of the lake, towards the west, flows the Pamir River, tracing the Afghan-Tajik border.
It starts from the Lake Zorkul, at a height of 4130 meters, and then flows towards the west, and later southwest.

Wakhan

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The lake was once in the territory of the mir of Wakhan, but the lake and river were established as the border between Russia and Afghanistan by agreement between the Russians and the British in 1895.
The Great Pamir or Big Pamir, a 60 km long valley south of Zorkol lake, drained by the Pamir River, lies to the northwest of the Little Pamir.

Great Pamir

Pamir
The Great Pamir extends to the south of the lake.
Zorkol lake lies at the northern edge of the Great Pamir.

Concord Peak

The Afghan-Tajik border runs along the lake from east to west, turning south towards Concord Peak (5,469 m), about 15 km south of the lake.
Concord Peak or Pik Soglasiya is a mountain of the Pamirs, on the Afghan-Tajik border, about 15 km south of Lake Zorkul.

Lake

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Zorkul (or Sir-i-kol, Syr Kul, Kol-ye Zor Kol, Kōl-ye Zor Kōl, Lake Victoria, Ozero Zorkul', Ozero Zorkul’, Sar-i-Kol, Sar-i-Kul,... ) is a lake in the Pamir Mountains that runs along the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

Afghanistan

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Zorkul (or Sir-i-kol, Syr Kul, Kol-ye Zor Kol, Kōl-ye Zor Kōl, Lake Victoria, Ozero Zorkul', Ozero Zorkul’, Sar-i-Kol, Sar-i-Kul,... ) is a lake in the Pamir Mountains that runs along the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Out of the lake, towards the west, flows the Pamir River, tracing the Afghan-Tajik border.

Silk Road

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The lake is on the path of the Silk Road.

Marco Polo

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Although there is a probable reference to the lake in Marco Polo's account, the first European known to have visited the lake was the British naval officer John Wood in 1838.

John Wood (explorer)

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Although there is a probable reference to the lake in Marco Polo's account, the first European known to have visited the lake was the British naval officer John Wood in 1838.

Lake Victoria

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It was also known as "Lake Victoria in the Pamirs" to distinguish it from the much larger Lake Victoria in Africa.

Hindu Kush

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Afghanistan–Tajikistan border

The boundary follows the Pamir for 71 km eastwards as far as Lake Zorkul (Sir-i-kol).

List of Ramsar wetlands of international importance

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Wakhan Corridor

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The northern border of the corridor is formed by the Pamir River and Lake Zorkul in the west and the high peaks of the Pamir Mountains in the east.

Qarabolaq

It lies at an altitude of 4,139 m on the eastern shore of Zorkul lake, near the Afghan border with Tajikistan but also close to the Afghan borders with Pakistan and China.

Fergana Valley

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Its southern limits, in the Pamirs, were fixed by an Anglo-Russian commission in 1885, from Zorkul (Victoria Lake) to the Chinese frontier; and Khignan, Roshan and Wakhan were assigned to Afghanistan in exchange for part of Darvaz (on the left bank of the Panj), which was given to Bukhara.

Afghanistan–Uzbekistan border

This agreement also stipulated the position of the land border in section east of Lake Zorkul up to China, with a series of boundary pillars subsequently erected.

Afghanistan–Turkmenistan border

This agreement also stipulated the position of the land border in section east of Lake Zorkul up to China, with a series of boundary pillars subsequently erected.