What is Mangyshlak?
First of all, it is a desert, in the spring for a while becoming like a steppe, where there is clay and wrinkled clay for every taste and color, and solid stone under its thin layer sticking out of the earth here and there. But water and vegetation are scarce, and therefore Mangyshlak is a huge uninhabited space. But paradoxically, anhydrous Mangyshlak is the land of coasts. The main element of its landscape is the chinks: From the east, from Karakalpakstan, a huge Ustyurt plateau is approaching Mangyshlak, occupying more than half of the region.
At the top it is an almost geometric plane, and at the edges are chinks: steep cliffs from several tens to a couple of hundred meters in height. They can stretch for tens of kilometers without a single gentle descent, and what you see from the edge of the chink a couple of kilometers away can be a day's journey by car. But with almost no permanent rivers and streams, spring on Mangyshlak can be quite rainy, and the flowing waters of the water gradually erode the slopes of the chinks. So there are the cities of the remnants, "Kazakh Arizona" like Boszhira, Sherkaly or Airakty-Shomanai, with the filing of Taras Shevchenko became the Valley of Castles.