49 The Fallen Earth [updated]

The Fallen Earth [updated]

Posted on June 23, 2009 by

Russia, Kazakhstan

Some photos from the trip to the Western Kazakhstan, May 2009. The road there is left from Soviet times, it is paved and straight as a line, more than 600 miles long. Then suddenly in the middle of nowhere the road simply ends

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and you have to go on your own risk, using gps or maps. Then night comes and you are totally lost, moving in total darkness for 200 miles more.

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The most interesting place there that attracts visitors is called “The Fallen Earth”. A big area of the Earth surface looks like it broke down beneath the ground for many miles long. People often stand on the edge of this giant cup looking down and wonder – how this could ever happen to any place? It has been said that there is no hundred percent true version of how it did.

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People lived here for thousand years and there are signs of the most ancient cultures that are still visible and can be seen.

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49 responses to “The Fallen Earth [updated]”

  1. RK says:

    Am I the only one to see nothing else but the first photo?

  2. Zipp says:

    no, me too 🙁

  3. Picsius says:

    Kazakhstan is not Russia. Kazakhstan is independent country. Why englishrussia publishes this post?

    • Russianlynxy says:

      Well it always used to be Russia and at some point in time will probably be Russia again, so might as well get used to it, right?

    • a clue says:

      “English Russia is a daily entertaiment blog devoted to the events happening in Russian speaking countries, such as Russia (Russian Federation), Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, etc. Everyday something interesting happens in the countries occupying 1/6 of the populated world. We are here to inform you about it.”

  4. ilya says:

    no photos! sux!

  5. Feketelaszlo says:

    Englishrussia is not only about russia, but the old USSR countries such as Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan and so on…

  6. Bert says:

    All hail the world’s potassium export leader!

  7. altima says:


  8. Frankie says:

    Wonderful pictures

  9. Bruce says:

    Fantastic blue water. Can people swim there? How are the usual temperatures there, anyone know? Fantastic pictures!

  10. English Brasil says:

    Very nice pics! Nice place!

  11. BearCreekMan says:

    Man, sign me up for some of this off-roading! The road certainly doesn’t end with the paving.

  12. chris says:

    nice stuff.

  13. RK says:

    Those engravings on the walls are curious. I thought that there were only bactrian camels (with two humps) in this part of the world.

  14. YJ says:

    Looks like another planet. Was Star War filmed here?

  15. opieateit says:

    Wow those are some stunning pictures. It reminds me of the US southwest.

  16. frillip_mister_price says:

    re: Looks like another planet. Was Star War filmed here?


    Tunisia (at least for the original one)

    but I agree, it would make a good movie set – but I was thinking for a western cowboy movie…

  17. Merican says:

    That is my kind of vacation! WOW!

    What are the huge round cracked things in photo #15? Rocks? I have never seen anything like that.

  18. Kilroy Was Here says:

    Fantastic, yet harsh…

  19. Audrey says:

    Looks like southern Utah, except for the camels. We have Mormons.

  20. Andrew says:

    Care to show that location on the map? Or at least name the closest city/town/village

  21. dsfsdfs says:

    could you please stop using the term “mile”. Your are talking about regions where this outdated units are unknow and also by respect for your readers. It just doesn’t sound good.

  22. Cossack in America says:

    Looks very much like an meteor impact crater. The round rocks are typical molten rock that that cooled quickly in the impact site and slowly eroded to the surface over time.

    • PMarc says:

      If pictures 5, 6 and 8 relate to “The Fallen Earth”, then it looks nothing like an impact crater. By the looks of it, it might well be an colapse sinkhole. Like there was a cave underneath it and then the ceiling colapsed under its own weight.

      Telling signs are the broken blocks all over the place.

      In an impact cater, you usually have a raised rim, steep sides and a flat, featureless bottom.

      • NeuroManson says:

        I’d give a semi educated guess that the location is around the Aral Sea, taking into account the buttes, mesas, and other desert specific features, as well as the profile of the shrinking coastline, which can lead to sinkhole style collapses as illustrated in several photos.

  23. fsddfs says:

    Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, you very nice!

  24. Kompani says:

    Quite amazing. Had to look at the photos several times through to take it all in. Thanks.

  25. Henry says:

    It’s quite similar to the Southwestern US.

  26. Thera says:

    The Aral Sea article + this article = omigod I need to go to Kazakhstan 😀

  27. Gurtek says:

    Great pics……………

  28. Louis says:

    Wow … do you know where to find this spot on Google Earth?

  29. a clue says:

    great post.

  30. Lusos says:

    Anyone have any idea on the road or a Google Maps location?

  31. areyoukidding says:

    the tea cup looks like a old waterfall system

  32. t.wojtek says:

    Isn’t it plateau Usturt, NW Aral Sea?

  33. Valerie says:

    I would love to travel here. It is beautiful..somewhat like Western part of USA…but this is mysterious.
    I am jealous to go there.,,but I dont know how they feel abt americans coming to visit. 🙁

  34. wodka says:

    Very good photos. Truly beautiful. Would love to visit. Those round cracked rocks are amazing.

  35. irving says:

    can you publish a .kmz file for Google Earth to some of these loaltions?

  36. TheKman says:

    This is why I want to learn Russian.

  37. Martin says:

    What a stunning place! Great set of photo’s!

  38. Wayne says:

    a location of this road would be appreciated

  39. filip says:

    guys, are those pictures made in the ustjurt plateau? in 06/2011 i am gonna visit kazakhstan – including the ustjurt plateau. any chance to get coordinates of those places? working mail adress deposited in reply-form, for any case:
    spam4filip [ at ] gmail dot com

    and well..very impressive set of fotos. 🙂

    many thanks!

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