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Charyn Canyon

The canyon formation is along the banks of the fast flowing Charyn River in a northern flow stretch of about 80 kilometres (50 mi) (90 kilometres (56 mi) is also stated) which is a tributary of the Ile River; the river has a total length of 393 kilometres (244 mi). The river rises from the Tian Shan Mountains (meaning: "Heavenly Mountains") that is spread over the arid semi-desert to the east of Almaty.
In parts, it attains a depth of 150 to 300 metres (490 to 980 ft).
The geological formation of the canyon is of sedimentary red sandstone which have been subject to the "atmogenic process" (defined in Websters dictionary as "atmospheric origin by condensation, wind action, or deposition from volcanic vapours") of water and wind erosion resulting in "weird and colourful formations" in the form of sculptures.

Over several millennia of weathering action, the canyon has gained colorful formations of varying shapes and sizes. Though it is smaller than the Grand Canyon, it has been described as being equally impressive.
One part of the canyon is known as Valley of Castles (Dolina Zamkov) for its unusual rock formations, and its length is 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) with a depth of 100 metres (330 ft).

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Additional Photos by Alex Fan Moniz (LondonBoy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 0 N: 380] (1918)
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