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Tengiz-Korgalzhyn depression.

Tours to Korgalzhyn reserve.

“For others, nature is firewood, coal, ore, or a summer residence, or just a landscape. For me, nature is an environment from which, like flowers, all our human talents have grown”

                          Prishvin M.M.

Ecological tourism in the Korgalzhyn reserve.

The Tengiz-Korgalzhyn depression is located at an altitude of 341 meters above sea level in the east and 305 meters above sea level (Lake Big Tengiz), located in the northern part of the Kazakh hillocks (Sary-Arka), in the southwestern part of the Akmola region, southwestern part of the depression is located in the Ulytau region. 
The length of the Tengiz-Korgalzhyn depression, from southwest to northeast, is 140 kilometers, the greatest width is 60 kilometers. In the southwest, the boundary of the depression is two lakes - Azhibeksor and Kerey, located in the Ulytau region; in the northeast, the boundary of the depression is a line from north to south from the village of Sabyndy to Kenbidaik (Akmola region).
The bottom of the depression is filled with large and small lakes. The largest lakes in the depression are lakes Tengiz, Korgalzhynskoye, Sultankeldy, Isey, Sholak, Sholkar and others. The largest number of large lakes are located in the southwestern part of the depression.
The Korgalzhyn National Nature Reserve is located on the territory of the depression. The Tengiz-Korgaldzhin depression is located at the junction of the steppe and semi-desert zones, separating the Kazakh hillocks from the Kokchetav upland.
This is an intermontane depression composed of Precambrian and Lower Paleozoic sedimentary rocks. The area of the depression is 13,000 square kilometers. The relief is mostly flat, slightly hilly, with a relative height of hills of up to 30 - 40 meters.
To the south, the steppe of the Tengiz-Korgalzhyn depression passes into the low Kazakh small hills with absolute heights of 304 - 426 meters above sea level. The climate of the depression area is sharply continental. In summer, dry hot air masses are carried here from the deserts of Central Asia, and cold arctic air invades in winter.
There is almost no humid air from the Atlantic. The total hours of sunshine is up to 2370 per year. The long-term average annual air temperature is 2'. The absolute maximum temperature in July is 44', the absolute minimum in January is 49'.
Thus, the annual amplitude of air temperature can reach 93'. The prevailing winds are from the west and southwest, and are strongest in winter and spring. Maximum wind speed is 30 - 32 m/s. The duration of the frost-free period is 150 - 160 days.
The annual precipitation is 200 - 350 mm, with about 80% falling in the warm season. Showers are frequent, often with thunderstorms, especially in summer; The bulk of precipitation occurs in May.
In autumn, rain falls rarely and is continuous.
Geographic coordinates of Tengiz-Korgalzhyn depression: N50°28'56 E69°46'54

Authority and photos
Alexander Petrov.