Karagiye (Kazakh: Қарақия ойысы, Qaraqııa oıysy; Karagiye means Black Jaw in Turkic) is a 40 kilometres (25 mi) long karst trench close to the Caspian Sea. At its lowest point at Vpadina Kaundy, it is approximately 132 metres (433 ft) below sea level. It is the lowest point in Central Asia, Kazakhstan, and the former Soviet Union. It is also known as the Karagiye Depression and Karagiye Mountain Trench.
|Karagiye (Қарақия ойысы)|
|Karagiye Mountain Trench, Karagiye Depression|
View of Karagiye Depression
|Floor elevation||-132 m|
|Location||Mangyshlak Peninsula, Kazakhstan|
The trench was formed as soluble limestone, dolomite and gypsum dissolved forming potholes, funnels and caves that eventually collapsed. Today the trench features many scarps and offsets and generates long rain clouds caused by the air rising above it. There is a vernal lake in the south-west of the trench and a stream rising from a drilled well that disappears back into the ground within the trench.
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- Gall, Timothy L.; Hobby, Jeneen M. (2007). Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations: Asia & Oceania. Thomson Gale. ISBN 978-1-4144-1093-7 – via Internet Archive.
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