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Katunsky ridge.

Tours in the Katun ridge of Kazakhstan.

“August must be shed slowly, like pear liquor.
Pour into a small glass, drink a drop, and look through the glass at the sun.
August nights should be diluted with candle lights, milk poured into a cup for a brownie, purring a cat and the chatter of grasshoppers.
August days should be laid between the pages of books, like bookmarks, in order to then shake out their heat in the dank November of taking this book from the shelf.
And I conjure you, well, do not shout at all corners, "Oh, here is August, here is autumn."
Well, where are you in a hurry?
Stop the clock.
Drink a Drop"

Ray Douglas Bradbury.

Sights of the Katun ridge in Kazakhstan.

The Katunsky ridge within Kazakhstan is located in the northern part of the Katon-Karagai region of the East Kazakhstan region on the border with the Russian Federation. The southern slopes of the Katun ridge stretch across Kazakhstan for 14 kilometers from west to east.
The most significant glaciation center is the Katunsky ridge, in which almost half of the glaciers known in Altai are concentrated. Their total area exceeds 230 square meters. km Here is located the main center of glaciation - Mount Belukha, from the slopes of which six large valley glaciers slide.
Large glaciers are also located in the South Chui squirrels, the Bish-Iirdu mountain group and in the eastern part of Southern Altai. The snow line in Altai lies relatively high. Even in the wettest western regions, it does not fall below 2300 - 2400 meters above sea level, in Central Altai, in the Katu region of some and Chui proteins, it rises to 2500 - 3000 m on the northern slopes and to 2600 - 3300 meters above sea level on the southern.
Glaciers are widespread in the highest mountain ranges of the Southern, Central and Eastern Altai, with their relatively humid and cold climate. Until very recently, Altai was considered the only region of significant modern mountain glaciation in Siberia - about 800 glaciers are known here, and the total area occupied by them exceeds 600 square meters. km (M.V. Tronov, 1949, 1952).
Some of the glaciers are more than 8 - 10 km long, and the area of ​​the most significant of them - the Big Taldurinsky and Alakhinsky - reaches 18 - 20 square meters. km Modern Altai glaciers are in the stage of retreat and are annually reduced in size.
So, for example, over the past 50 years, the lower part of the Katunsky glacier has melted, and it has become shorter by almost 700 m; the Akkem glacier shortened by more than 450 m; Big Berelsky annually recedes on average by 22 m, and Sofiyskiy - even by 27 m per year.
Very characteristic orographic elements of Altai are peculiar wide intermountain basins located at different heights. They are bordered by steep slopes of ridges rising above them and filled with loose sediment brought from neighboring mountains by rivers and ancient glaciers.
Usually, a river flows along the bottom of such basins, often having the appearance of a flat stream with a winding channel and relatively calm flow. The formation of these basins is associated with tectonic processes of the Tertiary and Quaternary.
They represent areas relatively lowered or lagging behind in their uplift from more intensively rising neighboring ridges.

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"Altai of Kazakhstan", compiled by A.L. Kobozev, Alma-Ata, Kaynar, 1986.

Alexander Petrov.