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Oct/19

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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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Aktau is a city in south-western Kazakhstan built in a waterless desert on the shores of the Caspian Sea in the Soviet times. It was the center of mining of uranium ore, its processing and enrichment.

Nowadays, it is the center of oil and natural gas extraction in Mangystau region. Aktau port is the only port in Kazakhstan used for international transportation of crude oil and petroleum products.

A couple of interesting facts about Aktau

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Apr/11

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Magnificent Caspian Sea of Aktau

Mar/11

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Caspian Sea Coast in the spring Aktau