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Lena Pillars

Lena Pillars Nature Park is in Central Yakutia, in the middle course of the river Lena.

The Lena Pillars Nature Park received its name from a unique ridge of rocks in the form of pillars and towers some up to 100 meters high that stretch along the Lena for tens of kilometers. These are composed of Cambrian limestone rock formed more than 500 million years ago.
The rock’s fanciful shape of rocks is a result of thermokarst and erosion processes connected with permafrost development. Small areas of desert landscape —  the unique blowing tukulan-sands isolated and independently developing sand ridges and slopes practically not fixed by vegetation are also found here.

The “Lena Pillars” is a collection of natural complexes differing in origin and morphology combining ancient karst forms, now disintegrating, and contemporary sediments. In this area scientists have discovered burial places of prehistoric animal bones: mammoth, bison, Lena horse and woolly rhinoceros.

Miles and miles of stone pillars, between 500 to 1,000 feet tall, create a graceful and unique spectacle that in 2012 achieved the highest distinction for a monument, becoming a new UNESCO World Heritage site.