Currently, the article "Derevyannoe (Wooden) lake" transmitted for translation into English.
Only a few people have seen the lake, which is being talked about and looked for. This lake is a mystery.
Surface of the sky color water reflects the world in a gold frame, coastal greens pleases the eye, and the sounds of eternal life immediately invade in the space: cuckoo counts someone’s time, nightingale sings, unknown monsters splash in the water, and creatures that are invisible to the eye rustle the reeds. There are no half measures on Derevyannoe lake. If trees – so eternal mighty ashes. If sand – so huge sand dunes, relentlessly moving south. If reeds – so impassable.
It is located at the mouth of the left bank of Charyn river, and hides in the sands and reed bushes. It’s difficult to find the way to it.
Presumably this lake was formed in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century, perhaps this bayou of Charyn river or Ile, flowing near. Breaking through the sands of Karabaskum desert, rivers flow, meandering, forming loops, which then lose contact with the main river. Water bodies, called oxbow lakes (old channel) or ducts, remain next to the riverbed. Such lakes that have no runoff, become a perfect abode for flora and fauna, presented by few representatives of the harsh desert and beautiful world. We only know that grove with the relic Sogdian ash and poplar heterophyllous – Turanga grew at the site of the lake in the old days. Ancient trees of full height are still towering at the bottom of deep water. Stumps of filled trees are visible from on the slopes of the dunes.
The maximum depth of the lake at a place called «Podkova» (Horseshoe) is unknown – divers, who dared to descend into the lake, are unable to get to the bottom of this depression.
Lakeside is sandy with magnificent beaches and extensive reeds. Abundance of medicinal mud in shallow water and hot sun contributes to its popularity among the local population, who believes that the lake is healing. Water world is presented by the same fishery representatives that live in Charyn and Ile rivers. These are asp and osman, carp and silver carp, grass carp and catfish, reaching 200 kg weight. Wild boars, lynxes inhabit rushes. Badgers, hares, foxes, deer and muskrat are met in turanga thickets. It is known that Turan tiger lived in the reeds and turangas of Charyn and Ile rivers till the 30s of the last century. It also lived on the shores of Derevyannoe Lake. Swans, cormorants, herons, eagles and gulls fly low and safely.
But lives of oxbow lakes and canals are ephemeral. Rivers change their channel again and again and absorb them. Life of Derevyannoe Lake is also not durable, but the cause of its disappearance is sand. Desert is advancing the lake, gradually absorbing it. Years will pass, the lake will disappear, leaving numerous withered stumps of trees smothered with sand.