Horizontal Falls, Australia
This natural landmark is located on the northern coast of Western Australia in Talbot Bay. At high tide, the water rushes through the narrow gorges of the McLarty Mountains into the freshwater pool of Poulton, and at low tide it flows back out into the ocean at greater speed. At this point, the water flow reaches a height of five meters. The tides alternate on average every 6.5 hours, so you can admire this amazing natural phenomenon several times a day.
There are only two gorges and they are located in the parallel-going mountain ridges at a distance of about 300 meters from each other. The one that is closer to the ocean is wider (about 20 meters), and the second is almost twice narrower. Because of this, the second gorge has a stronger head of water, and therefore the spectacle there is more spectacular and impressive. Well, for those who want to see everything at once offer sightseeing tours in a seaplane.
You can argue about whether this natural phenomenon is a waterfall or not. And you can just once again marvel and admire the most talented creator on our plan – an amazing and multi-faceted nature.
In Russian it is called rapids. Waterfalls.
ahahaha, what they will not invent, to make money on a natural phenomenon)
As said above, the rapids they are rapids
For example, repeatedly walking threshold on the river Katun).
To put a turbine there and generate electricity
There is a similar one on Sakhalin – Busse lake.
@Moderator, above repeatedly pointed out that the post is a fake, put an appropriate tag
High tide – low tide – high tide – low tide. The water flows one way and then the other. If say with the tide the turbine will generate electricity, then with the tide spinning the other way, the turbine will consume that energy
Not a bad excursion.
Seven thousand kilometers or four hundred and seventy-five liters of gasoline
Have you ever wondered where four hundred and seventy-five liters of gasoline might take you? Everyone has their own answer to that question, it all depends on where you live, your imagination, and the transport you have at your disposal. Until recently, I had little idea where I might end up. To start with, my journey started from Kazan, just like in the Murakami song (Kilometer Zero) . Choosing a route was difficult, and I had one vacation, so I had to approach the choice responsibly and flip a coin where heads were Altai and tails were Karelia. Of course then common sense prevailed and the weather was checked (Internet and gistmeteos be praised) in these areas, in Karelia it was raining, so the choice was stopped in Altai.
The trip to the Republic of Altai took three days in one direction, or two thousand eight hundred kilometers to the town of Biysk in the Altai Territory (please do not confuse the Altai Republic and the Altai Territory, these are different subjects of our country, located next door). Biysk is considered to be the “Gateway to the Altai Mountains”, it is in this city that the only ancient road connecting the west and the east of Siberia – the Chuisky Tract – begins, although today the Chuisky Tract officially begins in Novosibirsk. I was primarily interested in the section of the Chuysky tract from the city of Biysk to the village of Tashanta, located on the border with Mongolia.
This trip was planned primarily as a road trip. We wanted to drive along the Chuisky Tract, exiting from it to the local attractions. The key point in choosing these sights was the accessibility to them by an ordinary passenger car. Though, I shall tell you today that even the very ride along Chuisky Tract without visiting additional points of interest (sights) causes a storm of emotions and childlike delight. I had already forgotten that I could be as surprised and excited about new discoveries as when I was a child, these are wonderful feelings.
Gorny Altai is really a wonderful place, here behind every turn of serpentine there was a new view, which amazed and delighted me: just a magical place. And that would be my only complaint, I just didn’t have time to pick my jaw up off the floor and was morally tired of admiring.
Now, I think we can go back to the sights, probably one of the biggest attractions of Altai is the Katun River, or as it is also called, the Turquoise Katun. This river was an ornament almost along the whole route of travel along the Chuisky Tract, now and then its waters appear, then disappear from view, hidden by mountains and forests. The color of the river for me was very unusual, as it is not difficult to guess, turquoise; I had a feeling that an ingenious artist, who painted mountains and landscapes of Altai Mountains, spilled turquoise paint at the foot of the mountains. To my great regret, no matter how hard I tried to catch the color that I saw with my eyes on the camera, I failed (((
Chertov Finger Mountain is located near the Katun River, its height is 250 meters. The mountain is interesting because it is an excellent observation point. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Katun River and the Altai Mountains. You can reach it by car, but you still have to walk the last three hundred meters. You should definitely visit this place for the sake of the opening views.
The caves in Tavda are a Natural Monument. The cave complex in the Talda karst massif is an interesting, and most importantly, cool place. Our guide told us about the settlement of the first people in these caves. Honestly, went on this tour to hide from the heat, but it was interesting, although not delightful.
In addition to the serpentines with excellent asphalt surface on the Chuisky Tract, there are also passes with observation points, from which one can enjoy dizzying views of the mountains. Chike-Taman Pass, one of such passes, its height is 1295 m above sea level. This pass is a delight with its panoramic view and steep slopes. On this pass I was overcome by marketing or intoxicated by the mountain air and opening views, but I bought a package of herbal Altai tea from local small business representatives, by the way, the tea was tasty All for a good reason…
Ilgumensky rapids is one of the few in the Middle Katun section that is available for observation. The noise of the water, combined with the fast and turbulent current will allow you to admire this place for hours and catch zen)))) The water is very cold, but that doesn’t stop extreme sports lovers from rafting there. I can’t imagine how you can raft there and not get out of the boat…
Sand cliffs and Katun terraces were not photographed, because they look very interesting in real life, and through the lens of the phone is boring, good thing you did not have to leave the Chuysky tract to see them, they were just on the way towards the village. Tashanta after the Chike-Taman pass. By the way, since the terraces are a flat area, settlements (settlements) were often formed on them.
At the 712th kilometer of the Chuisky Tract there is an observation point, from which you can watch the confluence of two major rivers of the Altai Mountains Chuya and Katun. However, it is better to observe the confluence of the rivers not from the observation deck. A more delightful view opens up if you go down from the tract along a field road. In this place, I again think about a genius painter, who mixes colors at the foot of the mountain. Turquoise Katun and gray-white Chuya view ten out of ten.
The old suspended Tsaplinskiy bridge is 142 meters long on the planking, the bridge supports are reinforced concrete frames 21 meters high. The chains of the bridge are thrown over the tops of the piers. It is the first double-chain bridge of its kind in the world, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco looks suspiciously similar. I didn’t go any closer, but I put a check on the checklist.
Another place that just charmed with its beauty and unusual view is the Hot Spring Lake, of course I did not see jets of water and steam rushing into the sky, as they simply can not be there, but I was able to enjoy its indescribable beauty. Instead of talking, I’d rather show you a picture from below.
Moving along the Chuisky route after the eighth kilometer, I thought it would be difficult to surprise me, because I had already seen so much, however, my jaw was destined to fall to the ground again, when after another turn I saw a view of the North Chuisky Range, the height of which reaches 4044 meters above sea level. The clouds hovering over the snow-covered peaks made the landscape even more beautiful and majestic.
Colorful Mountains or Mars Views in Altai. Let me start with the fact that it’s better to get there in a prepared vehicle with a four-wheel drive (this is if you want to see the entire Mars and the moon). I was not lucky to get there in the rain in a passenger car. The dirt road to Mars A (This is the very beginning of the Mars scenery) left a lot to be desired and wasted a lot of nerves. It would seem that from Chagan-Uzun to Mars A is only 7 kilometers, but it was enough to put up with the thought of a possible loss of the wheels. Altai usually rewards the traveler who has overcome difficulties, but not this time. The sight of Mars A did not impress me much and made me happy to see it, though, maybe, my perception was affected by the general impression from the 7 kilometers of the traversed route, the weather ruined (it started to rain). Nevertheless, pictures I took and am sharing with you.
I also took an excursion to two waterfalls, the Great Ular waterfall and the Chibit waterfall. After visiting Mars A, there was no desire to conquer these attractions in my car. Local residents in UAZ kindly bring to the waterfalls for a modest 600 rubles. What can you tell about the waterfalls? The water cut its way through the rocks and a violent stream fell down from a height of 12 meters. All the beauty and power of the waterfall is surrounded by unspoiled nature, eh, would be near them during the snowmelt, when the rivers are full of water, I think the view is even more impressive.
The listed sights are not all that I saw on my first trip to the Altai Mountains, much was not photographed, because, unfortunately, photos sometimes do not convey and 50% of what you see with your own eyes. As I wrote above, the weather began to deteriorate and did not allow me to continue further exploration of this beautiful region. But I know what else I would like to see in the Altai Mountains: Lake Teletskoye (south shore), the Chulyshman Valley, the Stone Mushrooms, the Repeater, Mars B in good weather (in case I underestimated Mars A). That’s how my trip report turned out, thanks for the attention.