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May/15

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Aktau Mountains in Altyn Emel National Park

Another great set of photos taken in Altyn Emel National Park located in Almaty region. This time we can enjoy the beautiful views of multicolored Aktau Mountains. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Aktau Mountains in Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing mountains

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May/15

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Singing Dune in Altyn Emel National Park

Singing Dune is a sand mountain about 3 km long and 150 m height located in the national park Altyn Emel in Almaty region, 182 km north-east of Almaty.

It is a phenomenon of nature that has become a popular tourist attraction – in dry weather sand emits a sound similar to the organ melody.

Singing Dune, Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

the place with singing sands

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May/15

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Plateau Ushkonyr in Almaty region

Ushkonyr is a picturesque plateau located in the western part of the mountain system of Trans-Ili Alatau, between the gorges Chemolgan and Uzun-Kargaly (Almaty region).

This area of Trans-Ili Alatau differs from other parts of the mountain system because of the absence of the forest zone, but subalpine and alpine zones are presented in all their glory, with an abundance of all kinds of mountain flowers. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Plateau Ushkonyr, Almaty region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

tranquil landscapes

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Lake Dubygalinskoe (also known as Lake Okun’ki) is located in Ulansky district of East Kazakhstan region. It is situated at the foot of the northern slopes of Mount Dubygaly.

Besides the fact that this lake is a great place for fishing, it attracts travelers for its giant boulders picturesquely scattered along the shores. Lake Okun’ki on Google Maps. The photos were taken by Alexey Maznicin.

Giant rocks, Lake Okunki, East Kazakhstan, photo 1

really huge rocks

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Saryesik-Atyrau is a sandy desert located in Almaty region, to the south of Lake Balkhash, between the Ili and Karatal rivers.

The climate in the desert is sharply continental. Summer temperature can reach plus 40 degrees Celsius, in winter, the temperature can drop to minus 40.

Saryesik-Atyrau desert, Kazakhstan, photo 1

snow-covered wilderness

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Mar/15

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Winter night in the mountains of Kazakhstan

What could be better than a night in the mountains! Especially when the sky is pierced by falling meteors (the meteor shower of Ursids in this case). This beautiful photo was taken in the mountains of Almaty region by Vitaliy Rage.

Winter night in Kazakhstan mountains

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Akkergeshen plateau is located 56 kilometers to the north-east of Kulsary village, Atyrau region. Fantastic landscape of this place is fascinating.

Unique beauty of the plateau was formed in the Jurassic period, the time of dinosaurs. Shark teeth, dinosaur fossils, footprints on rocks can still be found here. Akkergeshen plateau on Google Maps. The photos were taken by Eduard Kutygin.

Akkergeshen limestone plateau, Atyrau region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque chalk rocks

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Mar/15

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Clay mountains of Altyn-Emel National Park

Altyn-Emel is a state national natural park located in the valley of the Ili River on the territory of Almaty region.

The park was established on April 10, 1996. Among the main purposes of the park are the preservation of the unique natural complex, archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, rare and endangered species of plants and animals, the development of eco-tourism.

Clay mountains, Altyn Emel park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

take a walk in the realm of clay

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Feb/15

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Unearthly landscapes of Lake Tuzkol

Lake Tuzkol, located in the south-east of Almaty region, is the saltiest mountain lake in Kazakhstan. It is a large lake – the length is 5 km, the width in some places is up to 1 km.

The salinity of the water varies by season and can reach values ​​comparable with the water salinity of the Dead Sea in Israel or the Great Salt Lake in the United States.

Lake Tuzkol landscape, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing nature views

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The second part of photos taken by landscape photographer David Köster during his visit to Kazakhstan in 2014.

David Köster is a travel and landscape photographer based in Germany. In his work he combines haunting perspectives with an atmospheric imagery. For his artistic photographs he has been awarded with several international prizes.

Granite basin in Bektau Ata

David Koester, Kazakhstan, photo 18

Kazakhstan fall

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