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The Sary su
is a river in central Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan , officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Ranked as the ninth largest country in the world, it is also the world's largest landlocked country; its territory of is greater than Western Europe...
. It arises above Atasu and flows generally westward to Kzyl-Dzhar where it turns southwestard past Birlestik and Zhanabas, then heading ever-more southerly it ends at a series of small lakes (often dry) called the Ozera Segiz. In former times it was a tributary of the Syr Darya
The Syr Darya , also transliterated Syrdarya or Sirdaryo, is a river in Central Asia, sometimes known as the Jaxartes or Yaxartes from its Ancient Greek name . The Greek name is derived from Old Persian, Yakhsha Arta , a reference to the color of the river's water...
, and it may still provide some subsurface flow, but the surface flow disappears more than 100 km from the Syr Darya. The name sary su
means yellow water
in Turkic languages
The Turkic languages constitute a language family of at least thirty five languages, spoken by Turkic peoples across a vast area from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean to Siberia and Western China, and are considered to be part of the proposed Altaic language family.Turkic languages are spoken...