Lake Kaindy: Kazakhstan’s Submerged Forest

In Lake Kaindy, trees poke from the water’s surface like misplaced toothpicks, presenting an intriguing portrait for visitors and tourists. This incredible sunken forest was created in 1911 as a byproduct of the 7.7 magnitude Kebin earthquake. The earthquake, which destroyed more than 700 buildings, triggered a massive limestone landslide that formed a natural dam. Over time, rainfall and water flowed into the area, covering the trees that grew there.

Aerial View of the Lake

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The Eagle Owl, Superstition’s Scapegoat

Bengal Owl Mantling

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Found in the trees in South Asia, the Eagle Owl is the unfortunate victim of human superstition. Given its large, eerie red eyes and its low, ominous call, the eagle owl is thought to bring death and ill omens wherever it is found. As a result, many rituals have been recorded that include starving, killing and beating the bird whenever it draws close to a village.

Five Amazing Sunken Forests

Submerged and sunken forests are a haunting natural occurrence of ages-old trees whose remains are usually buried for thousands of years before being uncovered by changes in sea level and/or erosion. Here are five of the most amazing examples of sunken forests in the world:

Amazing Sunken Forests Lake Kaindy

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Amazing Sunken Forests: Lake Kaindy

Lake Kaindy

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Lake Kaindy is a lake in Kazakhstan located 2000 meters above sea level and measuring in at an impressive 400 meters long. It was created after an earthquake in 1911, when a large landslide blocked a gorge and formed a natural dam where rainwater filled the valley. And thanks to the lake’s frigid waters, the submerged forest in its midst is replete with great pines that thrive to this very day.

Sunken Forests Lake Kaindy

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