The Bektau-Ata Landmark

About The Bektau-Ata Landmark

Bektau-Ata site is located 70 kilometers from Balkhash town. The mountains rising in the middle of the steppe are quite an unusual and contrasting sight. The highest peak reaches 1,214 meters. These towers were formed as a result of a tectonic fault. There was no eruption per se, but the scientists claim that the volcano managed to melt the surrounding rocks. As a result, the volcanic lava solidified, forming pink granite rocks. Under the influence of weathering, the rocks acquired some bizarre shapes, for which they received unusual names – the Trunk, the Coffin, and the Turtle. There is also a real cave with a freshwater spring, which the locals believe is sacred and the water in it is therapeutic.

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