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Baskunchak Lake, Akhtubinsk

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Lake Baskunchak is a salt lake of 115 km² in Astrakhan Oblast, Russia, located at, about 270 km north of the Caspian Sea, and 53 km east of the Volga. Since 1997 the area is strictly protected as part of the Bogdinsko-Baskunchakski Nature Reserve.The surface elevation of the lake is 21 m below sea level. It is fed by a river that draws from an area of 11,000 km². The salinity of the lake is about 300 g/l. Since the 8th century its salt was mined and distributed via the Silk Road. Nowadays the lake's salt of distinct purity covers 80% of Russia's salt production. Depending on need, about 1.5 million to 5 million tons of salt are mined per year.To the south of the lake Mount Bolshoye Bogdo rises to 150 m above sea level, forming the highest elevation in the Caspian Depression. The hill is pushed up about 1 mm per year by a salt dome. Sinkholes, and Karst caves of up to 1.5 km length lead through the hill. It also is the only area in Europe where Triassic lagerstätten surface. To the local Kalmyk people, it is a holy hill.
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  • It's so amazing and unusual-lying in the water and not opuskaesh'sja at the bottom, the water pushes out! At first I just laughed, so it's cool. But there are nuances that need to know that the trip was not unpleasant: 1) because the water is very salty, after leaving the shore some time later all your scratches, or mozol'ki, or any other damage to the skin will be pinching! Therefore, all travelers take with them a lot of bottled water, is better in 1.5 liter to Jet. Mud I am not mazalas', because its long wash-water izrashoduetsja. Prior Lake dumped us local motorcycles is their business on foot to go, and even dolgovato and loaded water!. Well, we were still in the output 12 June-was a terrible midges (Inhabitants know). So you need to take the repellent. Oh, and this place is not really there (in the form of a café, toilets, shower ...). But that's the whole chip, that this is nature, not beaten by civilization, it is necessary to understand it immediately.
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  • Beautiful, very unusual and interesting Lake. All recommend. From the parking lot to the place where you can go in the water go UAZiki, parked there are shower-use must be, otherwise (if you bathed) in salt will be everything! Depth-knee-deep:) Service for tourists exclusively artisanal. The road to the Lake is not checked, the passage to the Lake (likely illegal) blocked local who illegally offer you our services: shower, parking, shuttle service on the Oise.
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  • On the Lake are every year, a few times per season with family and friends. I can say only one thing that colds and flu we don't get sick. and think for yourself. should you visit this fabulous place or not! The thrill of bathing did not describe in words. Better surely to swim early in the morning when few visitors. The body then just velvet. The main headgear, sunglasses or fresh water another tip: kids better not borrow. of course salt water good zakalivaet body, but if it gets into eyes, it will hurt!
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