On our way to Ankara, we made a short stop at the second largest lake located in the Central Anatolia Region. Lake Tuz, occupying a tectonic depression in the central plateau of Turkey, is fed by two major streams, groundwater, and surface water, but has no outlet. Most of the year, it is very shallow (40 cm). During the summer, the lake dries up, exposing an average of 30 cm thick salt layer. The three salt mines operating in the lake produce 63% of the salt consumed in Turkey. It was one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world, but in October 2021, Lake Tuz dried up completely.

Parking location – Tuz Gölü: 39.076161N 33.410819E (🚻)