Dune "Singing Dune" in Kazakhstan
Reuters has published images of an incredibly beautiful natural complex - the Altyn-Emel National Park in the valley of the Ili River. In the photos you can see the skeletons of animals and unusual plants. Unique Singing Sands - a phenomenon of nature, sight and pride of Kazakhstan, are located in this park, and are famous for the myths that surround them, as well as the sound that they emit. The dune (a sandy hill formed by wind) up to 150 meters high and up to 3 km long is located between the folds of the Tien Shan mountains at the border with China. In dry weather from the dune comes the roar, reminiscent of the melody of the body. This place managed to acquire legends before the physicists established that the cause of the sound lies in the friction of sand particles against each other. Oh, those shrewd British scientists!
The singing sand dune entered the list of “Seven New Wonders of Nature” (nominees of Asia) - a competition that should reveal the seven most important natural places of the world with the help of the world popular vote.
The park also has volcanic mountains, millennial burials of the first rulers of the Sakas, an ancient nomadic tribe, and innumerable wild animals, including gazelles, gazelles moving around the famous lightning-fast jumps.
Part of the park, popular among tourists, called the "Valley of Castles". Several rocks form here a structure resembling the towers of a medieval fortress.
Singing sands from ancient times caused a lot of popular superstitions. In the legends that have reached our days, the singing of the sands was explained by the activities of desert spirits, fantastic animals, the sound of bells of buried cities, powerful rivers raging under the ground, and many other unusual reasons.
One of the legends says: “In ancient times, the devil (that is, Satan) traveled the world. I spied on people, built intrigues, managed to do everywhere and did not miss anything. Once, the Most High was angry with him and made it impossible to move from one place to another with lightning speed. Then the shaitan had to walk to his house - and the house stood on the top of the mountain. For a long time Shaitan walked along the steppe, made his way along winding paths along the banks of the Ili River,finally tired and lay down to rest. So hard was his way and so heavy was the burden of the acts he accomplished that the devil fell into a deep sleep. And he is still asleep, turning a lonely dune, and nothing and no one can wake him up - not the scorching sun, nor the rains, nor the thunderstorms, nor the winds. Only sometimes a lonely moan escapes from his chest when someone tries to disturb the forever asleep shaitan. ”
According to another legend, Genghis Khan and his battle comrades are buried under the sands of the sand dune, and the sand sings when the soul of the khan "exhausted from mental anguish, tells his descendants about his exploits."