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Lake Kaindy is a popular tourist destination located in one of the gorges of Kungei Alatau in Almaty region, at an altitude of 2000 meters. Despite the low temperature of the water, the lake is popular among divers.

The maximum depth of the lake was 21 meters in 2014. In Kazakh “Kaindy” means “a lot of birches.” There is a large birch grove located nearby. The lake was formed by an earthquake in 1910. Photo by Sergey Terekhov

Lake Kaindy, Almaty region, Kazakhstan

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The Assy observatory is an astronomical observatory standing on a mountain plateau Assy-Turgen located at an altitude of 2750 meters above sea level, 75 km east of Almaty.

This is the only observatory in Kazakhstan with the ideal astro-climate. Main area of research: observation of details of the apparent surface of the giant planets of the solar system. The observatory on Google Maps. Photo by Eduard Kim

The Assy observatory on a mountain plateau Assy-Turgen, Kazakhstan

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A well-known Kazakhstan photographer and an aviation lover Gregory Bedenko continues to delight us with beautiful pictures of the mountains, Balkhash Lake area and the Ili River delta (Almaty region) taken from unusual angles. Photos from voxpopuli.kz

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magnificent nature

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Scenic landscape near Tekes village

Tekes is a relatively small village (population – about 4,000 people) located in Raiymbek district of Almaty region of Kazakhstan.

The village is standing at an altitude of 1766 meters above sea level, close to the border with China. What a stunningly beautiful place! Photos by Sergey Terekhov

Tekes, Almaty region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful nature views

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Aug/14

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Flaming sand of Lake Zaysan

Zaysan is a relatively large lake (length – 105 km, width – 22-48 km) located in eastern Kazakhstan (East Kazakhstan oblast), about 60 km from the border with China.

Shekelmes Bay has almost perfect semicircular shape. There is a belief that the bizarre metamorphosis of sand that you can see in this place is a result of the fall of a meteorite on the shore of the lake. Lake Zaysan on Google Maps. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff

Flaming sand of Lake Zaysan, Kazakhstan, photo 1

magnificent place

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Aug/14

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Picturesque aerial views of the Ili River

The upper delta of the Ili River in Almaty region is a very interesing area. It is an amazing place where the dunes can be seen side by side with the water meadows. Photos by Gregory Bedenko

Aerial view of the Ili River, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful pictures of the Ili River

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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

Aktolagay limestone plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

the place where dreamscapes come true

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Jun/14

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Alien landscapes around Mount Shergala

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

Alien landscapes around Mount Shergala, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very unusual place

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Jun/14

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Beautiful time-lapse video of Mangyshlak

Mangyshlak Peninsula is located on the east coast of the Caspian Sea. It is a unique natural reserve having the entire arsenal of different manifestations of nature of the desert.

Mangystau region of Kazakhstan is located on the peninsula. Video by Denis Frantsouzov

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May/14

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Moonlit Night on Lake Issyk

Lake Issyk is located about 70 km east of Almaty at an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level. The lake was formed about 8-10 thousand years ago in a landslide. Photo by Vitaliy Rage

Moonlit Night on Lake Issyk, Kazakhstan

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