Eight kilometres east of the Aktau-Kalamkas road is the Valley of Balls. Locally known as Torysh, the valley lies on the north side of the Western Karatau Range and features hundreds of spherical sedimentary rocks up to 4 metres in diameter.

A series of spherical rocks in a grassy desert field in Torysh Valley.
© Mulderphoto

Researchers believe they’re concretions –formed by mineral-rich water flowing through porous sedimentary rock– or megaspherulites, which are volcanic ash-formed crystalline balls exposed through many millennia of weathering. 

From Torysh, you can see the red and white cliffs of Sherkala mountain (323 m), and the ancient ruins of Kyzylkala are nearby too. Similar-looking rock balls include New Zealand’s Moeraki Boulders, California’s Bowling Ball Beach, and Stone Mountain on Planet Mars.

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Coordinates:

  • Torysh Valley (RUS—Торыш долина): 323616058988954, 51.59861637054332

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