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Exercise 4. Read the texts and match the texts with photos. Translate the 3d paragraph of the text.
Kazakhstan’s famous landmarks
Kazakhstan is a country located right in the heart of Eurasia. It borders three countries of Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Its size by area makes Kazakhstan the ninth largest country in the world.
The first one is the highest of all the Kazakhstan’s Landmarks that you can't miss when arrive in Kazakhstan is Khan Tengri. It is the most northerly "seven-thousander" as they call in the mountaineering circles. It's a marble rock, shaped like a pyramid. Its correct geometrical shape beautifully reflects the sun in different colors depending on the time of the day.
Another one of many Kazakhstan landmarks is the Charyn Canyon. Some call it as the "Grand Canyon" of Kazakhstan or the "little Kazakh brother of the Grand Canyon". The Charyn Canyon is situated about 200 km east of Almaty. It stretches 154 km alongside the Charyn River.
Have you ever been to Singing Sand Dunes?Well, if you are in Almaty then you are only 182 km away from this beauty. They are also called Singing Barkhan, Singing Sand, Singing Dunes. Why singing? When there is a slightest impact on the sand from the outside, the sand produces weird whistling, booming, roaring squeaking, humming and vibrating sounds. Some say it sounds like siren of riverboats, some say like jet planes. Marco Polo wrote on his Gobi Desert travel notes that it sounds like "all kinds of musical instruments, and also of drums and the clash of arms”.
Surrounded by mountains and close to the China border in East Kazakhstan is an astonishingly beautiful mountain lake, situated 1,485 meters above sea level, Markakol. It is 38km long, up to 19km wide and reaches 30 meters deep in some places, and is full of fish, including the uskutsh, a type of lenok trout prized by fishermen.