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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.Work out when and for how long to visit Baskunchak Lake and other Akhtubinsk attractions using our handy Akhtubinsk trip generator.
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Приехав к знакомым в город Ахтубинск, решили заехать на озеро Баскунчак. От Ахтубинска до озера примерно 50 км. С погодой, чуть-чуть не повезло, моросил дождь.Arriving to the familiar in the city of Akhtubinsk, decided to go to Lake Baskunchak. From Ahtubinska to the Lake approximately 50 km. With the weather, a little bit unlucky, it was drizzling.View original
Были дважды весной. Очень красивое место, лучше приезжать в начале лета или в начале осени для посещения и свободного передвижения. виды необычные и красивые. от стоянки до озера за плату отвозят мест... more »Been twice in the spring. Very beautiful place to visit in early summer or early fall to visit and free movement. types of unusual and beautiful. from the parking lot to the Lake for a fee taken by locals on motorcycles with sidecar with benches, also a kind of entertainment.View original
Невероятно солёное и красивое озеро! Настоящий курорт. Вода - как будто прозрачный гель. Очень приятная, тёплая. Утонуть невозможно! Просто лежишь на поверхности воды, раскинув руки и кажется, что ты ... more »Incredibly salty and a beautiful Lake! This resort. Water-as if transparent gel. Very nice, warm. Drowning impossible! Just lying on the surface of the water, spreading out his hands and it seems that you are on the edge of the Earth. Only the Lonely Mountain Bogd recalls that somewhere out there for her through many kilometers begin Kazakh steppe. And yet you can see how the salt directly on the railway, on which rides a train with cars filled with salt. Be sure to bring some capacity to get home a little bit of salt. We assure you it is clean!View original
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