Kuthiny Baty, the white stone valley

Kuthiny Baty, the white stone valley

Kutkhiny Baty is a pumice rock formation outcrop located 4 kilometres from the source of the River Ozernaya (Lake Kurile), near the southern tip of the Kamchatka peninsula, Russia. Photo: wikipedia

The Kuthiny Baty Valley has been formed about 8,000 years ago when a massive volcanic explosion shook the entire Kamchatka peninsula and an enormous amount of the ejected material created a thick layer of deposits all over the countryside. Subsequent erosion carved a spectacular valley scattered with obelisks that appear to resemble gigantic canoes standing upwards, which is where the name Kuthiny Baty comes from, as it means “standing boat” in Russian.

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