In the north of Akmola region the SNNP "Burabay" is located. This resort pearl of Kazakhstan is a fantastic mountain land harboring mysterious wonders. Gorgeous pine forests, cliffs formed of neat gigantic natural bricks, and fantastical shapes of peaks resembling sometimes exotic, sometimes Egyptian pointed pyramids separated by serene lakes. The SNNP "Burabay" was established in August, 2000 and it is under the supervision of the Administration of Presidential Affairs. The territory of SNNP "Burabai" is a part of the Kokshetau steppe, a mixed steppe and forest and hilly upland. The climate is extreme continental here, with hot summers and severe winters. The topography of the territory consists of lowlands, hills and plains. Although Burabay Park does not have any artifacts on its territory, every rock here has its own legend. Nature has generously scattered precious gifts from its mineral treasury around the Burabay area. Among them is Okzhetpes cliff ("Inaccessible even to Arrows") with a peak resembling an elephant calf, and the creek of the Bun withZhumbaktas cliff ("Riddle-stone") resembling a mysterious sphinx with severe fearless features. There are 14 lakes on the territory of the park, each of which has an area of more than 1 km, and there are a great many smaller lakes. The river network is sparse and consists only of small rivers, springs and temporary channels. The largest lakes are Bolshoye Chebachye and Maloye Chebachye, Shchuchye and Borovoye. Plant life on park territory is represented by forest, steppe, meadow, marsh and salt marsh species. The flora comprises about 800 species. There are 305 vertebrate animal species. On the territory of SNNP "Burabay" are 35 permanent recreation facilities. The current landscape of the park is represented by steppe, lake, forest and forest and steppe and lowlands. Borovoye (Burabay) Lake is situated in the territory of the Shuchinsky district of Kokshetau oblast in the eastern foothills of Kokshe Mountain. Its territory is 10.5 sq. km, length is 4.5 km, width is 3.9 km; average depth is 4.5 m, and maximum depth is 7 m. The shore line is 13.6 km and water area is 164 sq. km. The bowl of the lake is almost round, and its bottom level; the southern shores are rocky, and the eastern shores are sandy. The water in the lake is soft and still, and one can see to the deepest bottom of the lake. Borovoye Lake is separated by mountain ranges from the closest lakes (Big and Small Chebiache, Shuche, Kotyrkol, Zhukei, etc.). The island "Zhumbaktas" is situated in the northwestern part of the lake at a height of 20 m above the water. The cliffs and capes of the northwestern and southern coasts (Kyzyltas, Gorky, etc.) create a unique landscape. The shores are overgrown with pine and birch forests. The combination of mountains, pine forests and lakes creates special climate conditions in the natural boundary. Medicinal health resort complexes (sanatoriums "Borovoye" and "Okzhetpes"; rest house "Blue Gulf", etc.) are some of the best in the country and built on the eastern coast between the Sarybulak and Gromotukha rivers. There are medicinal mud and mineral springs. The beauty of the nature of Borovoye is proclaimed in Seifulin's poem "Kokshetau" and in Mukanov's novel "Botagoz".
The Karatau Mountains are located in southern Kazakhstan just north of the Syrdaria River, and they display a unique geomorphology. The name Karatau means Black Mountain in the Kazakh language. The mountains, aside from housing a varied geology, contain numerous stone archaeological sites that represent the many stages of cultural evolution from the early Paleolithic Age (1 million BP) to the Neolithic Age (6500 BP).KazakhstanSyrdaria RiverPaleolithic AgeNeolithic Age
Alakol (kaz. Алакөл, ven. Алаколь) on laskujoeton suolainen järvi Kazakstanissa, 347 metrin korkeudessa. Se sijaitsee kapeassa laaksossa, joka yhdistää Kazakstanin ylängöt Luoteis-Kiinan aroalueisiin. Alakolin valuma-alue on neliökilometriä ja se saa lisäksi ajoittain vettä Urdzhar-joesta, joka laskee järven pohjoispäähän. Järven suurin syvyys on 45 metriä, ja sen pinta-ala on neliökilometriä.kaz.ven.Kazakstanissa Järven pohjoispää on rehevöitynyt suoalueeksi, joka on lintujen suosima levähdys- ja pesimäpaikka. Suoranta on rauhoitettu luonnonsuojelualueeksi
Balkhash (Kazakh: Балқаш, Balqaş; Russian: Балхаш, Balkhash) is a city in Kazakhstan, located on the northern shore of the Lake Balkhash, on the Bay Bertys, and in south of Kazakh Uplands. Population of the city: 68,833 (2009 Census results); 65,431 (1999 Census results). Balkhash was founded in 1937 as an industrial city centred on the mining and smelting of copper, and presently copper is still exploited there. The city lies approximately 500 km west of the Chinese border on the north side of the lake at an altitude of 440 m. The history of the city is closely connected with mining of deposits of copper and development of a smelting plant.KazakhRussianKazakhstanLake BalkhashKazakh Uplands copper