Telmen Lake (Mongolian: Тэлмэн нуур, Chinese: 特勒门湖) is a saltwater lake in Zavkhan, Mongolia. Three islands are located in the lake, which is a gathering point for migratory birds. The water salinity is 6.49-7.61‰.

Telmen Lake
Telmen Lake, Mongolia, Landsat.jpg
Telmen Lake satellite view
Telmen Lake is located in Mongolia
Telmen Lake
Telmen Lake
LocationZavkhan Province
Coordinates48°50′N 97°19′E / 48.833°N 97.317°E / 48.833; 97.317Coordinates: 48°50′N 97°19′E / 48.833°N 97.317°E / 48.833; 97.317
Basin countriesMongolia
Max. length28 km (17 mi)
Max. width16 km (9.9 mi)
Surface area194 km2 (75 sq mi)
Max. depth27 m (89 ft)
Water volume2.671 km3 (2,165,000 acre⋅ft)
Surface elevation1,789 m (5,869 ft)

Average temperature ranges from -32 °C in January to 12 °C in July.[1] From 6,210 to 3,960 years ago, as determined by radiocarbon dating, Lake Telmen was between 15 and 20m shallower than it is at present.[2]


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  2. ^ Fowell, Sarah J; Hansen, Barbara C. S; Peck, John A; Khosbayar, P; Ganbold, Enebish (2003-05-01). "Mid to late holocene climate evolution of the lake telmen basin, north central mongolia, based on palynological data". Quaternary Research. 59 (3): 353–363. doi:10.1016/S0033-5894(02)00020-0.