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Caspian Sea - World's Largest Lake

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Caspian Sea - World's Largest Lake

Caspian Sea - World's Largest Lake

The Caspian Sea is actually a salt lake and with its 371,000 km2 / 230,000 sg mi. it holds the MOSTPOINT to be the largest in the world. With its coast 28 meters / 92 feet below sea level, it is also the lowest point of Europe. A good opportunity to add two MOSTPOINTS to your profile at the same time.

The Caspian Sea is primarily fed by the Volga, but also by the Ural, Emba and Kura rivers. Its waters host many sturgeon, whose eggs are processed into caviar. Energy resources (oil and natural gas) are another great natural wealth for the countries of the region.

Its 7,000 km / 4,350 mi of coastline offer you the chance to discover numerous villages, traditions and customs ranging from legendary tales to interesting samples of rigorous historical value, not to mention genuine natural treasures of outstanding universal value. Here we tell you some of the things you'll find on the Asian shore. Want to know what's on the Europe shore? Search the record of this sea in Extremes / Continent / Europe and continue to read!

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What else is there
Atyrau, one of the main ports of Kazakhstan. It is located at the mouth of the Ural and marks the boundary between Europe and Asia. There you can visit the Historical Museum, the Modern Art Gallery and of course, Akzhayik Nature Reserve, a paradise for bird lovers. If you want to do some sports, join a rafting trip or enjoy a hiking trail.
Bordering the Asian coast in Turkmenistan you will see the curious natural formation "Kara-Bogaz-Gol" or "Garabogazköl Aylagy", names that mean " Black-throated lake ". This is a depression separated of the Caspian sea by a narrow sandy strip which gets covered when sea levels rise, forming a gulf. At its southern end you will find Turkmenbashi, an important connection point between Asia and Europe not only marine but also by rail through the Trans-Caspian railway.
You can take advantage of the various ferries operating in the Caspian Sea, linking this city and neighboring Aktau with Baku in Azerbaijan, on the European shore. If you wish to continue on the road, you can take the one that will bring you to Balkanabat and from there you can go to Iran. There you will find ancient Greek Hircania, called today Gorgan. If you need a carpet, you'll be in the ideal place to buy one because theirs are famous for their craftsmanship. Nearby is the Golestan National Park, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and the Khar Turan National Park, home of the Asiatic cheetah, an endangered species. Driving along the coast you get to touristic Lahijan, situated on the slopes of the Alborz. From the top of the Hill of Satan (Sheitan Koh) you will have a view of the city, which combines the lush mountains with the immense calm of the Caspian.

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