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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

10

Picturesque views of Aktau Mountains

Aktau chalk mountains are located on the territory of Almaty region in “Altyn-Emel” reserve. This place is known for its unique landscapes reminiscent of pictures from Mars.

White and red colors dominate here. Aktau Mountains were formed millions of years ago. The area of the ridge is about 15×8 kilometers. Photos by Ilia Afanasieff

Aktau Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

like real Martian landscapes

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Jul/14

22

Fantastic landscapes of Katautau Mountains

“Altyn Emel” is a state national park located in the Ili River valley in Almaty region of Kazakhstan.

The park was established to preserve the unique natural environment, archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, rare and endangered species of plants and animals. Development of eco-tourism is also one of the main objectives.

Katautau Mountains, Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan, photo 1

real miracle of nature

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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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Jul/14

8

Magnificent view of Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon is a part of the Charyn National Park located about 190 km east of Almaty.

Landscape diversity of the canyon causes diversity of the local flora and fauna. This lovely place is definitely worth a visit. Photo by Anna Anikina

Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan

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Jun/14

29

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

7

South-East Kazakhstan – aerial views

Kazakhstan is known as the land of steppes and semi-deserts but there are regions where natural diversity is amazing.

Take a look at the following beautiful photos of southeastern Kazakhstan landscapes. Photos by Grigoriy Bedenko

South-East Kazakhstan - aerial view, photo 1

beautiful sceneries of Kazakhstan nature

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May/14

16

The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi is a mausoleum on the grave of poet and preacher Khoja Ahmed Yasawi located in the town of Turkestan in South Kazakhstan region.

In Central Asia, Khoja Ahmed Yasawi is revered as a saint, and his mausoleum is included in the UNESCO register as one of the greatest monuments of Islamic architecture. Photo by Grigory Bedenko

Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum, Kazakhstan

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Charyn Canyon (Kazakh spelling “Sharyn”), located 195 km east of Almaty, near the border with China, stretches for 154 km along the Charyn River.

The canyon is a natural monument consisting of sedimentary rocks formed about 12 million years ago. The slopes height is about 150-300 meters. Charyn Canyon location on Google Maps. Photo by Eduard Kim

Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan

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Apr/14

18

Sunken Forest – Kaindy Lake

Kaindy is a mountain lake located in one of the gorges of Kungei Alatau to the east of Almaty. It is a popular tourist destination.

In 1910, landslides blocked the gorge and soon it was filled with mountain river water. Coniferous forest that grew here was flooded and since then this place is called “sunken forest.”

Sunken Forest, Kaindy Lake, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very scenic lake

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