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Jan/16

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Beautiful scenery around Lake Tuzkol

Tuzkol is the saltiest mountain lake in Kazakhstan, located in the south-east of the Almaty region, in Raiymbeksky district, about 310 km from Almaty.

The lake is quite large – the length is 5 km and the width in some places reaches 1 km. The water is very salty, but the level of salinity changes with the seasons. The maximum value is up to 300 g per liter. For comparison: in the Dead Sea, the concentration of salt is about 340-350 g per liter.

Scenery around Lake Tuzkol, Almaty region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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Dec/15

16

One day and night in Senek desert

In the north-west of the Ustyurt National Preserve, in the middle of the steppe, there is a small Senek desert, named after Senek village located nearby.

It is quite a remarkable place and definitely worth seeing, if you are traveling through the Mangystau region by car. Senek desert on Google Maps. Photos by: Denis Frantsouzov.

Senek sands, Mangystau region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

sandy landscapes

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Dec/15

4

Paradise lakes of Semirechye

Semirechye (Seven Rivers), or Zhetysu is a vast area located in the south-east of Kazakhstan (Almaty region).

It is situated between Lake Balkhash in the north, Sasykol and Alakol in the northeast, the mountain range of Jungar Alatau in the south-east, and the ridges of the Northern Tien Shan in the south. Photos by: Grigoriy Bedenko.

Paradise lakes, Semirechye, Kazakhstan, photo 1

the land of lakes

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Nov/15

27

The second lake of the Kolsai lake cascade

The Kolsai lake cascade is a system of three lakes located in the northern Tien Shan, in the Almaty region.

Let’s walk through the forest trail leading to the second Kolsai lake. Kolsai lakes on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

The second lake of the Kolsai lake cascade, Almaty region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

scenic forest trail and the lake

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Oct/15

29

Grand Canyon in Kazakhstan

Stunningly beautiful Charyn Canyon stretches for 154 km along the Charyn River, 195 km east of Almaty, near the border with China.

People living in Kazakhstan are very proud of this place. They say that it is no worse than the famous Grand Canyon in the US.

Grand Canyon in Kazakhstan, photo 1

Charyn Canyon – a true natural wonder

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According to one local legend, once, the Mangistau region, located in the west of present Kazakhstan, was invaded by the hordes of enemies who covered the land like locusts.

Locals put forth their hands to heaven in prayer for help and they were heard. The heavens opened downpours, thunder and lightning. In an instant, all enemies turned to stone.

The field of spherical concretions Torysh in Mangistau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing and surreal place

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You can see these amazing colorful landscapes, if you visit the tract of Atzhal and the Aybyrzhal Mountains located in the area of the Tekes River in Terskey Alatau Mountains, near the border with China (the Almaty region). Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

The tract of Atzhal and the Aybyrzhal Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

gorgeous place

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Jul/15

3

Alien landscapes of the Ustyurt Plateau

The Ustyurt Plateau is a plateau in Kazakhstan (Mangystau region) and Uzbekistan, located between Mangyshlak and the Garabogazköl Gulf in the west, the Aral Sea and the Amu Darya River delta in the east.

According to scientists, the Ustyurt Plateau is a dried-up bottom of the sea existed in these areas about 21 million years ago.

Alien landscapes, the Ustyurt Plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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Jun/15

26

Beautiful scenery of Kim-Asar Valley

The river and valley of Kim-Asar are located on the northern slope of the Trans-Ili Alatau near Medeo rink.

This place is very popular among residents and guests of Almaty because it is easy to reach it by bus or car, even untrained tourists can take the route and it is available at almost any time of the year. Photos by: Olga Kulakova.

Kim-Asar Valley, Almaty region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

magnificent views

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Jun/15

18

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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