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Born after a landslide, the Kaindy Lake has been covering for 100 years a sunken forest which stands with its ghostly trunks in the middle of electric blue water.
Since 2007, this lake and its surrounding forests are in the heart of a national park, created to protect the fauna against hunting but also the extension of the breeding and tourism. Under the supervision of the rangers, the populations of deer, ibex and small mammals have recovered, allowing the return of large predators such as wolves, bears, lynx and especially the snow leopard. But the whole region is now threatened by the accelerated melting of the glaciers. For their part, scientists are fighting to preserve a balance between human development and the well-being of wildlife.
The spruce trees have kept their branches under water and are covered with mysterious algae. What ecosystem shelters this submerged forest and the valley around the lake? In the heart of a Central Asia of great steppes, the Kazakh mountains, culminating at 5000 meters of altitude, block the clouds and capture their humidity. Their 16,000 glaciers supply pure water to the valleys below with their turquoise lakes.