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The ridge South Aktau.

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The southern Aktau Ridge is located in the Karakiyansky district of the Mangystau region. The southern Aktau Ridge is located on the Mangyshlak Peninsula. In the southern part, in the north, the ridge borders the Western Karatau Ridge, in the central part, in the south the ridge borders the Ulanak Ridge for more than 7 kilometers.
In the north, the ridge borders the Karashasaura tract. The length of the ridge from the south-east to north-west is 32 kilometers, its width is just over 2 kilometers. The highest altitude of the ridge is observed in the northern part, with the nameless mountain 230.5 meters above sea level dominating here.
South Aktau Ridge, like North Aktau, is composed of Cretaceous and Paleogene sediments (limestone, chalk), unlike North Aktau, they have younger Neogene formations (limestone, sandstone, sand, conglomerates).
The soils of the area are underdeveloped, of different mechanical composition, with bedrock outcrops. The southern ridge of Aktau, in some places cut by ravines. Its northern slope, which has absolute elevations from 200 to 292 meters above sea level (Akkurkan mountain), breaks off to the Karatau plains from 100 to 130 meters high, resembling in appearance the opposite slope of North Aktau.
The upper two thirds of the slope are monolithic outcrops of limestone, in the lower third are chalk.
Outcrops of rocks are weathered, weathered, with runoffs, cut down at the bottom by numerous beams. The steepness in the upper part is about 40 - 45, in the lower third - 20 - 15, on the cables - 3 - 5. The southern gentle slope of the ridge is either narrow (1 - 2 km) or wider (up to 9 km), divided into parts by canyon-type valleys of the hydrographic systems of Kashkarata and Karagiye, which sometimes do not reach the northern cliff, and the slope is south is not expressed along the entire length of the macro slope.
So, in its western half there is a very small, imperceptible for the eyes, lowering of the terrain, consisting in changing the height of only 20 meters over a length of 5 kilometers. The relief of the slope here is flat - weakly undulating and flat and wallow.
Characterized by the outputs of limestone in the form of small hills or horizontal plates, elongated stripes parallel to the top of the ridge.

The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.The ridge South Aktau and environs.

Authority
I.N. Safronov. "Desert Mangyshlak", Alexander Petrov.

Photos by
Alexander Petrov.