Singing Dunes – sandy hill of up to 3 km long and 150 m high, is located between the crests of Jungar Alatau in Altyn Emel National Park.
Phenomenon of nature – sands produce sounds in dry weather: someone hears organ music, someone – weeping, others – ship horn or “roar of the cosmodrome.”
On the planet there are about 100 of places with such “singing” sands, but the loudest sand is here, it is included into the short-list of “New 7 Wonders of Nature.”
Dune seems to have been rooted to the ground – it does not move and does not “crumble”, over several thousand years it has already turned into a huge mountain.
One dune slope is smooth, on the other one separate ridges rose with gentle slopes, the mountain offers a wonderful view to the horizon.
Sand drifted by the wind from the shoals of the river Ili in the valley of which the wind is blowing, then beating a mountain range and pouring the sand down.
The color of the dune, as well as the sound , seems to be different for everyone: someone sees gray, someone sees pink, others – yellow or brown.
Scientists have long been trying to establish the cause of the sound, audible at times from a distance of 10 km, but there is no single approved version.
It is known that Dunes sing only under certain weather conditions – T° of air, the humidity of sand, wind direction and strength are important.
Crude sand is mute – mountain is silent in the rain, and the greater is the mass of moving sand – the louder and more expressive are its songs, so popular with tourists.
It is noticed that the sand from the dune sounds even being poured into a jar or bag, if you shake it – hence, the wind is not the first violin.
According to one legend, Genghis Khan was buried under the dunes – Mount groans when the soul of Khan tells future generations about his exploits.