A submerged forest in Kaindy Lake of Kazakhstan

Have you heard of the lake Kaindy ever? I have to admit that until now I was unaware of its existence, but after looking at the photographs that you will be able to see in the gallery attached to the end of the article, and knowing how such an amazing corner could have formed, I can't wait to see it in person.

Lake Kaindy is in the mountains Tian Shan, in Kazakhstan, and has the honor of being recognized as one of the rarest places in the world thanks to the forest that was submerged underwater and is still preserved. Do you want to know how this was possible? We'll tell you then!

A landslide

The trees that you can see in the photographs are examples of spruce schrenkiana that were flooded by a huge landslide, caused by an earthquake in the early 20th century. Since then, the tree trunks have been submerged and protrude above the water level as if they were needles.

A spooky look

The lake is located at a height of 2,000 meters, is 400 meters long and reaches a depth of about 30 meters at some points. Because the water is so cold, it has preserved tree branches below the water line. For its part, the algae give a feeling of trees still alive. All this produces an almost phantasmagoric.

Water like glass

Its color is caused by lime deposits and other minerals that have seeped into the water since the lake was created just over a century ago. The closer you are, the clearer the water seems, practically like glass. It is sometimes even possible to observe the trout that were introduced into the lake in 1930.


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