The Bogdinsko-Baskunchaksky Reserve is a natural area 50 km east of the Akhtuba River, created to preserve the intact semi-desert areas of the Astrakhan Region. The reserve is located in Akhtubinsky district and is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Through the territory of the Bogdinsko-Baskunchaksky Reserve, migrations of birds from the north of Siberia to wintering sites occur. Most of the near-water and waterfowl birds stop in the valley of the river Bitter, where the highly mineralized water flows. The reserve includes the Big Bogda mountain and the salty lake Baskunchak, from which about 80% of all salt is mined in Russia. Continue reading
The Lake District is a nature reserve in the North-West of England, founded in 1951. The Lake District is located between the borders of Scotland, Northumberland, Durham, North Yorkshire and Lancashire. For many centuries, tourists have been attracted by a beautiful landscape: mountains, valleys, lakes and waterfalls. In the Victorian era, the area became very popular as a resort area, and the current status of the national park ensures environmental protection. Continue reading
Slovak Karst is a picturesque mountain range in Eastern Slovakia, which is famous for its unique forms of karst topography, beautiful canyons and clear mountain rivers. The natural territory began to be protected in 1973, and in 2002, a national park was created here that has the status of a biosphere reserve. Since the mid-1990s, karst caves are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The local mountains are composed of limestones and dolomites and consist of spacious karst plateaus and valleys. The highest point of the Slovak Karst rises almost 1000 meters above sea level. Continue reading
The Gorbea Natural Park is spread in the northern part of Spain between the provinces of Biscay and Alava in an area of 200 km². It is fed by short, but deep-water rivers: Arrativa, Zeberio, Arnuri, Altuba. This area is an autonomous community called the Basque Country. Gorbea Forest is called mysterious and mystical because of thick fog that envelops moss-covered centuries-old oaks, caves and ruins of ancient structures. Here, directors working in the fantasy genre find inspiration: if you gaze into the mist for a long time, it begins to seem as though elves, hobbits and other fairy-tale characters hid in the woods between the trees. Continue reading
Talovskiye bowls are mineral springs rounded in shape, formed more than 10 thousand years ago in the territory of the Tomsk Region. The water in them is surrounded by travertine walls and is saturated with salts of calcium, potassium, manganese, sodium, carbon dioxide and radon. The name of the picturesque springs got a small village Talovka, which was once located near this place.
Talovsky bowls have the status of a state natural monument. Around them is prohibited any construction, logging and making fires. Continue reading