Kaindy Lake is situated in the mountains of Tien-Shan in Kazakhstan approximately 130 km away from the city of Almaty. Lake Kaindy is truly a natural wonder because it has a living underwater forest.
The lake is only 400 meters long and was formed by the 1911 Kebin Earthquake that due to a huge limestone landslide reshaped the valley and formed a natural dam. Through time, the rainwater has filled the hole creating the Lake Kaindy we see today. The lake is an alpine lake since it is situated in an altitude of 2,000 meters. Another example of an alpine lake is the Sevan Lake in Caucasus.
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Kaindy Lake Underwater Forest
Lake Kaindy represents a surreal and alien landscape mostly due to the tall, dried-out tops of submerged trees that rise above the water’s surface like the masts of sunken ships. Occasionally, the depth of the lake reach 30 meters meaning that the height of the trees exceeds 30 meters. The color contrast between the spruce and pine trees and the crystal clean mountain water is amazing. It is a truly magic place.
Due to the altitude the water is so cold that the pine needles remain on the trees, even after a hundred years of being submerged. Even during summer the water temperature does not exceed 6 degrees. During the winter, the lake freezes and becomes a popular spot for ice diving. Hence, the underwater forest in Lake Kaindy can be considered as frozen.
Thus, Kaindy Lake hosts a living underwater pine forest which indeed must be considered as one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
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