Taken 13-Jul-15
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Keywords:India, Ladakh, Startsapuk Tso, Tibetan plateau, Tso Kar, salt lake
Photo Info

Dimensions5760 x 2480
Original file size8.71 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken13-Jul-15 19:59
Date modified23-Jul-15 09:28
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal length24 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/640 at f/11
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias+1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePartial
Startsapuk Tso from above, Tso Kar basin, Ladakh, India

Startsapuk Tso from above, Tso Kar basin, Ladakh, India

Tso Kar translates to "white lake" due to the salt that accumulates along its edges. However, it is actually two lakes, with one being a freshwater one shown in the foreground of this photo named Startsapuk Tso. The freshwater lake is actually far more productive than its salty cousin, with clouds of midges and other insects that provide food for numerous birds species including Brown-headed Gulls, Bar-headed Geese, Ruddy Shelducks, Black-necked Cranes, Common Redshanks, and others. It also provides drinking water for mammals including kiangs (Tibetan wild ass) and Tibetan argali (wild sheep).