Karynzharyk is an 85 km long and 15 km wide depression in the Ustyurt Nature Reserve. The nearest village is Ak-Kuduk, which is situated 25 km to the east, on the edge of the Karynzharyk Sands. Most of the depression is 40–50 m below sea level. The east side, known as the Western Chink Ustyurt, reaches heights of 200–340 m above sea level. Flanking its most northerly extent are the 15 km long Karaman Mountains, and its 219 m Mount Karamaya high point.
The southernmost end of Karynzharyk is marked by the depression’s most recognisable feature: five freestanding peaks rising out of the salt flats. The trio sitting furthest out rise up to 116 m above sea level and are nicknamed the Three Brothers. In rare moments of precipitation the basin fills with rainwater, turning Karynzharyk’s arid terrain into a surreal, sea-like vista as seen in this Mangystau aerial video.
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