The Fallen Earth [updated]

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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 thoughts on “The Fallen Earth [updated]”

    • 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?

    • “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.”

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tunisiaonline.com/starwars/

    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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  8. 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. πŸ™

  9. 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. πŸ™‚

    many thanks!

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