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Pobiti Kamani, Varna Province

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Pobiti Kamani, also known as The Stone Desert, is a desert-like rock phenomenon located on the north west Varna Province border in Bulgaria. It is considered the only desert in Bulgaria and one of few found in Europe. The desert consists of sand dunes and several groups of natural rock formations on a total area of 13 km². The formations are mainly stone columns between 5 and 7 meters high and from 0.3 to 3 meters thick. The columns do not have solid foundations, but are instead hollow and filled with sand, and look as if they were stuck into the surrounding sand, which gives the phenomenon its name. Sandstorms and sand twisters have also been known to commonly occur in this desert region of Bulgaria. The Stone Desert is not only a well known European tourist attraction due to its desert like habitat, but it is one of few places in which desert type vegetation such as cactus is known to grow. It is also the only desert in Europe in which desert reptilians and other desert type animalia are found to thrive. The Stone Desert along with the Tabernas Desert of Spain is one of two naturally formed deserts in all of Europe and the only known naturally formed desert in Eastern Europe.In order to be preserved, Pobiti Kamani (The Stone Desert) was designated a natural landmark in the late 1930s. There are a number of theories regarding the phenomenon's origin, divided roughly into two groups — supporting an organic or a mineral origin. According to the former, the formations are the result of coral activity, while the latter explain the phenomenon with the prismatic weathering and desertification of the rocks, the formation of sand and limestone concretions, or lower Eocene bubbling reefs.
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  • This place is very special, it is not clear how the sand and the rock formations are created. the village has a special energy, best you go barefoot. If it is very hot, the sand is also very hot. on the old road from Varna to Sofia, you must watch that you not miss the entrance. There are now already some signs, but it could be better signposted. next to the entrance, there is a car park.
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  • Liked very unusual and interesting posomtret'. The ride itself-that's unsure will wonder us tour telling legends and history of the "keeper" of the place, very charismatic and passionate man-after his stories was much more fun to walk among stones.
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  • Although the browser took us to another place, we arrive with relative ease. There was not one single car more. Us receives a small office where is the payment of the entrance, filled with souvenirs. Friendly person that there is, and gives us some explanations of the rock formations. To be alone, the place has an interesting mystical point. Yet not I have been clear whether these are limestone formations or fossilized trees. The visit lasts about 20 minutes.
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