Lena Pillars is a natural park in Russia, located on the banks of the Lena River in the Khangalassky ulus of Yakutia, 104 km from the city of Pokrovsk. The complex of vertically elongated rocks stretching for many kilometers, fancifully piling up along the banks of the Lena, with a deep valley cutting through the Prilenskoe plateau, never ceases to attract photographers and travelers. The pillars reach the highest density between the villages of Petrovskoye and Tit-Ary.The height of the rock formations reaches 100 meters. Scientists believe that the formation of rocks began 560-540 million years ago, and the very formation of the Lena Pillars as a form of relief – about 400 thousand years ago.The natural park “Lena Pillars” was organized on the basis of the decree of the President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) dated August 16, 1994, No. 837 and the government decree of February 10, 1995 and is subordinate to the regional Ministry of Nature Protection. The park area is 485 thousand hectares, the park consists of two branches – “Stolby” and “Sinsky”. 

Valley of Geysers,  Kamchatka

The Valley of Geysers, one of the largest geyser fields in the world and the only one in Eurasia, is located in Kamchatka in the Kronotsky State Biosphere Reserve, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Volcanoes of Kamchatka natural complex.

The valley is a deep canyon of the Geysernaya River, in the sides of which on an area of ​​about 6 sq. km there are numerous outlets of geysers, hot springs, mud pots, thermal grounds, waterfalls and lakes. In this area, there is an abnormally high biodiversity and high contrast of natural conditions and microclimate. The ecosystem of the Valley of Geysers is unique for the entire country. On the territory of the valley there is a reserve regime.

Since 1992, under an agreement with the reserve, helicopter excursions have been organized here; a strict system of rules for organizing excursions has been in force in order to maintain the balance of the ecosystem. In 2008, according to the results of voting, the Valley of Geysers was included in the list of the seven wonders of Russia.

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