Uvs Lake National Park
Uvs Nuur, Lake Uvs or Uvs Lake (Mongolian: Увс Нуур, Uvs Nuur; Tuvan: Успа-Холь, Uspa-Khol; Russian: Убсу-Нур, Ubsu-Nur, Russian: Убса, Ubsa) which is salt water, covers an area over 3350 sq km and has a length of some 84 km and a width of 79 km. It is biggest Lake in Mongolia. The shallow lake lies at an altitude of 759 m. The Tes, Nariin, Kharkhiraa, Turgen, Sagil, Borshoo, Khundlun and Torkhilog etc. over 38 Rivers feed the lake.
The Lake presents the rarest case when such contrasting landscapes are met at a relatively small area. Moreover, the sandy deserts of the Lake Uvs can be defined as the Eurasia's most northern, and the mountain tundra - as the Eurasia's most southern one. Another value of the hollow is the extremely high biodiversity level shown in the unique mixture of northern (taiga, Siberian) and more southern (desert, Central Asian) flora and fauna species. Lake Uvs is one of the most important biodiversity poles of Eurasia.
In the areas of desert and mountain, rare animals as the Mongolian gerbil, the polar cat, the threatened snow leopard, the wild sheep as well as the Asiatic ibex. Since 1997, the Uvs-Nuur-Basin is recognised as UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Ancient traditions of harmony between man and nature are still carefully preserved here, and the ancient culture of the nomads of the steppes still exists in this region. The art of “throat singing” is also preserved here.