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The ship graveyard of the Aral Sea

The Aral Sea is a formerly undrained salt lake in Central Asia, located on the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Since the 1960s, the level of the sea began to decline rapidly because of the diversion of water for irrigation purposes from the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers.

Several port cities, such as Aralsk, suddenly found themselves far from the sea, many ships were abandoned. Photos by: Denis Frantsouzov.

Ship graveyard, the Aral Sea, Kazakhstan, photo 1

once it was the sea

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Nights of the East Kazakhstan

Let’s enjoy beautiful night landscapes of the East Kazakhstan region.

The following photos were taken in such wonderful places as Bukhtarma reservoir (the largest water reservoir in Kazakhstan), Lake Zaisan, Cape Shekelmes, Kiin-Kirish Canyon. Photos by: Anna Anikina.

Nights of the East Kazakhstan, photo 1

magnificent views




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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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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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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Beautiful Maloulbinskoe Reservoir

Maloulbinskoe reservoir, located about 20 km to the south-east of Ridder city (East Kazakhstan region), was built by prisoners of war and convicts in 1938.

Today, this place is a historical landmark in the field of engineering and technology. To some extent, the reservoir is an open-air museum. Maloulbinskoe reservoir on Google Maps. Photo by: Alexey Maznicin.

Maloulbinskoe reservoir, Ridder, Kazakhstan

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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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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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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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Almaty – the view from the TV tower

The TV Tower “Koktobe”, located to the southeast of Almaty city center, was built in 1975-1983. It is the second highest free-standing building in Kazakhstan (371.5 meters), the 12th highest TV tower in the world.

Unfortunately, the air in Almaty is rarely clear. In winter, the smog is often accompanied by haze and fog. These photos were taken by Vyacheslav Firsov from the top of the TV tower when the smog slightly lifted. Let’s take a view of the southern capital of Kazakhstan from its highest point!

Almaty - the view from the TV tower, Kazakhstan, photo 1

unique views of Almaty


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