Photos taken during an amazing trip to Mangyshlak peninsular, Kazakhstan, through plateau Ustyurt. Inside are lots of wonderful views and captions.
Western Kazakhstan has a great variety of landscpes. Some of these cliffs are 350 meters high, the age of the stratum reaches 400 million years!
Chalk mountains Aktolagai – the bottom of the ancient sea whose age is dozens millions of years.
Ancient shells, remains of sea urchins and shellfish, petrified corals and other treasures of the ancient sea bottom are everywhere! Some lucky men even find teeth of ancient sharks here.
The white pyramid of Aktolagai.
Bozzhira – the most spectacular area of Ustyurt plateau – the mountain range formed by sarsen stones.
Local place of interest – “Two canines” whose height is 200 meters.
Moufflons are not afraid of people here.
There are many camels and horses in Western Kazakhstan.
Karynzharyk depression is the most southwesterly point in Kazakhstan.
It is located 75 meters below sea level. In the time of flooding these salty puddles get filled with water and turn into thousands of mirrors.
Aktau, the city prospering today, was built on ground “unfit for human habitation” in 1961. Today it exists thanks to the unique demineralized water generator system working on gas, while in the Soviet time they used peaceful atomic power.
Happy citizens of Aktau can enjoy the sea every day.
Huge salty waves turn the shore stones into sculptures.
Landscapes of tropic paradise…
There are a lot of water snakes at the Caspian shores.
Luckily they are not venomous but some of them are rather large.
This place is called Blue Bay.
Legendary spherical nodules of Mangyshlak.
Like a huge billiard table!
They creep on each other and form weird monsters.
Old limestone mountains not far from Sherkala. Their peaks sticking out from the waters of the ancient sea, were islands once.
Gnawed bones in the cave of Airykty mountains.
The white salty lake in the middle of the endless desert.
Some ancient burials are still here.
The Aral sea and the sad evidence of an ecological disaster. Solonchak is a dangerous place for cars and the final stand of Aral ships.
Ships of the desert…
The bright bee-eater is like an alien here in this unfriendly place.
Some creatures living here may cause troubles…
Lark nest hidden in the grass.