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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  • August 17, 2017
    Visit this place in order to relax, this is not an option. Better to Grandma's village))) and that's the kind of skin sores, you there! Soviet level.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Get to the bottom of Baskunchaka, where the STOP sign and a Brown fence turn right. Then drive straight on, pass a magnet and brick cottages, where you turn left. There will be showers and parking that pass by. Get to the point where most cars, from there go on foot. Here recommend to walk, but, actually, it's a questionable idea because long and hot. Take the car and drive to the far Beach for 600 p, because the Middle-it's just dirty pool. Take the driver's room, his call to you is taken away, and it's still 600 r. again, go long there, then back. The lake itself is unique, the water is clean. I doubt that you were in such places ever, and is located in the accessible distance from Volgograd, Astrakhan.
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  • August 3, 2017
    My review is more for those who believe that this is something unique. Awful! The lake itself no, this puddle of salt. swim unreal, shallow water a little. But the worst that Kazakhs udaltsi fighting money and give nothing in return. Parking 150 p to Lake 200/one way. Although the question-why can't be in their cars?! Back-200 rub. Take a shower 50 rub, shower itself one name-street with a tank top. Dirt, decay and chutzpah. Never again! (Tip to mothers of little girls, if you still decide to take more water, corrodes genitals so that RR is worth one hundred kilometers). The place and the people there adovye. Never again did not return.
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