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Zhagylgan sinkhole and traces of ancient animals

Paleontological tourism in Mangyshlak, Zhagylgan

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The famous failure of Zhagylgan is famous for the fact that traces of ancient animals were found there, according to the assumption there are even traces of dinosaurs. The place Zhagylgan is very popular with all kinds of researchers and tourists. People specially come here to look at these traces and visit the shores of the Caspian Sea. The sinkhole of Zhagylgan is located near the coastline of the Caspian Sea.

Traces on the failure of Zhagylgan

Traces of animals were left here in ancient times, by ancient animals, traces were left in the silt, which eventually petrified and deposited in the ancient layer. When the terrain collapsed, part of this petrified silt was on top and traces can be seen. The age of these traces varies from 10 to 15 million years. There are traces of saber-toothed tigers (machairodus) and three feathered horses (merigippus - Merychippus).

Ancient traces in the failure of Zhagylgan - how to get there

Traces in Zhagylgan are located in the Mangistau region, the shore of the Caspian Sea, the Tyub-Karagan peninsula, the Zhagylgan sinkholeis also known as the “Fallen Land” in Kazakh.

sinkhole of Zhagylgan

The sinkhole of Zhagylgan is a huge fragment of slabs or earth that has failed over a large area. You can go down into the failure and look at the tracks, it is best to use the services of a guide here who knows the area and can lead you through the failure to the prints of ancient footprints. There is also a panoramic point from which you can see the Zhagylgan sinkhole and the Caspian Sea, unusual and beautiful places. No one knows why the failure appeared, but presumably it appeared here due to an earthquake, there was also a cavity that caused the failure.

Traces on the sinkholeof Zhagylgan


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