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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

Flat desert terrain is interrupted by cracks and Cretaceous deposits in the form of rocks. All this looks like the landscape of another planet. Photos by Taimas Nurtaev.

Alien landscapes, the Ustyurt Plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 2

Alien landscapes, the Ustyurt Plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 3

Alien landscapes, the Ustyurt Plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 4

Alien landscapes, the Ustyurt Plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 5

Alien landscapes, the Ustyurt Plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 6

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