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Aktau chalk mountains are located on the territory of Almaty region in “Altyn-Emel” reserve. This place is known for its unique landscapes reminiscent of pictures from Mars.
White and red colors dominate here. Aktau Mountains were formed millions of years ago. The area of the ridge is about 15×8 kilometers. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff
“Altyn Emel” is a state national park located in the Ili River valley in Almaty region of Kazakhstan.
The park was established to preserve the unique natural environment, archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, rare and endangered species of plants and animals. Development of eco-tourism is also one of the main objectives.
Aktolagay is a limestone plateau located on the border of Atyrau and Aktobe regions; in the past this plateau was the seabed. That is why, now, you can find an abundance of various fossils here – shellfish, corals and other marine life lived millions of years ago.
The plateau impresses travelers with its deserted scenery and amazing white cliffs. Unfortunately, not many people know about this magnificent place. Aktolagay on Google Maps. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff
Charyn Canyon is a part of the Charyn National Park located about 190 km east of Almaty.
Landscape diversity of the canyon causes diversity of the local flora and fauna. This lovely place is definitely worth a visit. Photo by Anna Anikina
Shergala (Sherkala) is a lonely standing mountain of unusual shape, located about 170 km from Aktau, a popular tourist destination. On the one hand it resembles a huge white tent, on the other – a sleeping lion.
“Shergala” means “Lion Mountain” in Turkmen language. There are a lot of various legends related to this unique place. Sometimes local landscapes look as if you are on another planet. Around Shergala you can see a scattering of spherical boulders. Photos by Denis Frantsouzov
Kazakhstan is known as the land of steppes and semi-deserts but there are regions where natural diversity is amazing.
Take a look at the following beautiful photos of southeastern Kazakhstan landscapes. Photos by Grigoriy Bedenko
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