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Nov/20

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Bizarre saline lakes south of Lake Balkhash

The vast territory south of Lake Balkhash is called Semirechye (“the region of seven rivers”) because of seven large rivers that flow into Balkhash, one of the largest lakes in Central Asia.

The soils in this region are mostly desert and rich in various minerals. In spring, numerous lakes are formed on the salt marshes, which are of a seasonal nature; by the end of summer they dry up. As a result, minerals form very bizarre patterns on the surface of these formations. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Bizarre saline lakes south of Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing unearthly landscapes

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Sep/20

25

Autumn in the valley of the Tekes River

The Tekes is a 438 km long river, of which about 100 km flows through the territory of Kazakhstan, including 40 km inside the territory of Kazakhstan and about 60 km along the border of Kazakhstan and China.

The river originates on the northern slope of the Terskey Alatau Range. In Kazakhstan, the river flows mainly in a picturesque wide intermountain valley, which separates the Eastern Tien Shan from the Ketmen Ridge. This is one of the most beautiful places in Almaty Oblast, which, however, is little known to tourists. The Tekes River on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Autumn in the valley of the Tekes River, Almaty Oblast, Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque river valley

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Karkaraly State National Natural Park is an amazing natural attraction located in Karaganda Oblast, about 220 km southeast of the city of Karaganda. It is one of the specially protected natural areas of Kazakhstan.

The nature conservation value of this region in Central Kazakhstan is due to its unique landscape diversity. There are several hiking trails that pass through the main sights of the park. Karkaraly National Park on Google Maps. Photos by: Evgeniy Drobotenko.

Landscapes of Karkaraly National Park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful natural scenery

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Jun/20

29

Glaciers and Lakes of Trans-Ili Alatau

Trans-Ili Alatau is a mountain range located in the northwest of the Tien Shan mountain system, on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The city of Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, is located in its northern foothills, as well as the famous Medeo sports complex, Assy-Turgen Observatory, and the alpine ski resort Chimbulak.

The name “Trans-Ili Alatau” was adopted in 1865, when the famous traveler and geographer P.P. Semenov stopped at the crossing of the Ili River and saw a grand ridge that stretched behind the river. Trans-Ili Alatau on Google Maps. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Glaciers and Lakes of Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque mountain scenery

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Apr/20

27

Collapsed Land of Cape Dzhigalgan

Cape Dzhigalgan (“collapsed land” in the Kazakh language) is the main attraction of the Tub-Karagan peninsula located on the Mangyshlak peninsula on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea in the west of the Mangystau region.

This is a mountain range with a giant hollow of almost perfect round shape littered with numerous rocks. Some boulders reach the size of a small village house. The rocks are scattered so chaotically that there is a feeling that the collapse has occurred recently. Cape Dzhigalgan on Google Maps. Photos by: Roman Smirnov.

Collapsed Land of Cape Dzhigalgan, Mangystau Region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very picturesque place

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Mar/20

2

Sunrise in Aktau Mountains

Aktau Mountains (translated as “white mountains”) are chalk mountains of different colors, mostly white, located in the territory of the national park of Altyn-Emel in the central part of Almaty Oblast. It will take you about 5-7 hours to get here from Almaty. Aktau Mountains on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Sunrise in Aktau Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful colorful landscapes

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Jan/20

7

Picturesque Mountain Plateau of Asy

Asy (Assy), a mountain plateau located at an altitude of 2,560 meters above sea level about 100 kilometers east of Almaty, is one of the largest intermountain valleys of the Northern Tien Shan. The length of the plateau is more than 20 km, the width – up to 15 km.

In summer, this area is used as a huge pasture. The best time to visit the plateau is the end of May – the beginning of June, when numerous herbs bloom here. Asy Plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Asy Plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing place

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Dec/19

1

Landscapes of the Tekes River Valley

On the territory of Kazakhstan, the Tekes River flows mainly in a wide intermountain valley in Raiymbek District – one of the most beautiful places in Almaty Oblast located in its southeastern part. This area is rarely visited by tourists, which contributed to the preservation of its pristine nature. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Landscapes of the Tekes River Valley, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful nature views

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Oct/19

8

Mysterious Stone Eggs of Mangyshlak

The Valley of Balls is one of the most interesting and unusual sights of Mangystau Oblast and Western Kazakhstan. Stones of almost perfect spherical shape are scattered along the plateau and its slopes. The height of some stones reaches 1.5 meters or more.

The origin of these stone spheres is still not clear. Their shapes are gradually changing and the landscape becomes more and more mysterious. The Valley of Balls on Google Maps. Photos by: Roman Smirnov.

The Valley of Balls, Mangystau Oblast, Kazakhstan, photo 1

unique geological formations

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Aug/19

7

Colorful Landscapes of the Aktau Mountains

The chalk mountains of Aktau (literally “white mountains”), located about 260 km northeast of Almaty, is a unique natural monument that is part of the Altyn Emel National Park.

These multi-colored hills formed from bluish-gray sandstone and red clay, interspersed with yellow and pink cornelian, jasper, and white quartz, look like a layer cake. The height of the geological deposits reaches hundreds of meters. The Aktau Mountains on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Colorful Landscapes of the Aktau Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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