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The Altai Mountains are a mountain range in central Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together, and where the rivers Irtysh, Ob and Yenisei have their sources. The Altai Mountains are known as the Turkic peoples' birthplace.

The Altai Mountains are a mountain range in central Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together, and where the rivers Irtysh, Ob and Yenisei have their sources. The Altai Mountains are known as the Turkic peoples’ birthplace.

The name, in Turkic Alytau or Altay, means Al (gold), tau (mount); in Mongolian Алтайн нуруу Altain nuruu, the “Mountains of Gold”. The proposed Altaic language family takes its name from the mountain range.

The Siberian Altai represents the northern most region affected by the tectonic collision of India into Asia. Massive fault systems run through the area, including the Kurai fault zone and the recently identified Tashanta fault zone. These fault systems are typically thrusts or right lateral strike-slip faults, some of which are tectonically active. Rock types in the mountains are typically granites and metamorphic schists, and some are highly sheared near to fault zones.

written by grad

7 comments

  1. superlighter

    superlighter

    it's a pity that one life isn't enough to see all the beauty of our planet!
    a great gallery!

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  2. grad

    grad

    Thank You! It's fantastic place.
    And Total Solar Eclipse was Amazing!

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  3. weechonghooi

    weechonghooi

    what's this place called again?? is this where Small Soldier's movie...

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  4. wil6ka

    wil6ka

    molodez. krytoje mecto. moja mama tam buil, kogda molodaja...

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  5. pjp

    The vastness of the hidden russian wilderness always strikes me :)
    very nice pictures, love the panoramics

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  6. blaxploitation

    blaxploitation

    GREAT!!!
    over 5 years ago · report as spam
  7. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-

    absolutely a great place

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