Ustyurt National Preserve, Kazakhstan 

The Ustyurt Reserve is situated in the West of Kazakhstan in the territory of one of the most remarkable localities of the West of Central Asia – the Ustyurt Plateau. The total area of the reserve is 223,300 ha. The Ustyurt Reserve was founded on 12 July 1984 with the purpose to preserve the plateau northern deserts as well as preserve rare fauna and flora species there.

One of the places of interest of the reserve is a chink – an Ustyurt plateau steep edge which consists of limestone and chalk. Among the chalk rocks there are a lot of samples of marine sediments proving a scientific theory once more that there was a sea in the Ustyurt plateau territory in the past. The chink itself also represents a great interest, thus its pillars which can be as high as several hundred meters are iridescent with different colors from pale pink and blue to dazzling white.

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