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Caucasus mountains in Gelendzhik

Markotkh mountain ridge rises above the Gelendzhik city. Directly along the coast stretches a low mountain ridge Tuaptakh. These two ranges are part of the Caucasus mountains, and thanks to them, you can see many beautiful natural attractions in the vicinity of Gelendzhik.

The Markotkh mountain range runs parallel to the south of the Main Caucasus Range. Both ranges start near Anapa, but there they are more like rocky hills. In the region of Gelendzhik, the ridges are already similar to mountains, but still not high. In total, the Main Caucasus Range stretches for 1,100 km until Dagestan. The highest mountain in the Caucasus is Elbrus (5642 m), and there are 7 mountains in the Caucasus Range that exceed 5000 m in height.

The surroundings of the Markotkh ridge can be viewed in the Olymp Park, which is located on a rocky ridge directly above Gelendzhik. There is a Ferris wheel, that you can clearly see the surroundings of Novorossiysk and Arkhipo-Osipovka. The highest peaks in these places are Sovkhoznaya mountain (717 m) near Kabardinka, and Sugarloaf mountain (558 m) near Novorossiysk.

The Markotkh range consists of marl. It is a rock based on dolomite, limestone and clay. It can be of different colors depending on which mineral predominates in its composition. There are also many Cretaceous sedimentary rocks. In many places, marl has the structure of slabs.

In the vicinity of Gelendzhik, the low Tuaptakh range stretches along the Black Sea coast, which is also part of the Caucasus Mountain range. Here the structure of marl slabs is better visible. Sailing from the resort village of Divnomorskoe from the ship you can clearly see the rocky coast with a height of more than a hundred meters. Absolutely smooth and vertical rock of the ridge Tuaptakh consists of slabs of white marl, since it is dominated by chalk.

You can see these rocks up close by visiting the place the Big Blue. Here, at an altitude of more than a hundred meters, you can approach the cliff and admire the beauty of the coast, overgrown with Pitsunda’s pines. Even more noticeable is the structure of marl slabs in the area of the village of Praskoveyevka. Here you can see the wonderful natural monument Sail Rock. It broke off from the rock behind it, but it did not fall into the sea like the other slabs, but remained standing, jutting out into the sea. Its height reaches 25 meters, width-20 meters, and thickness is only 1 meter.

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Coastal mountain range Tuaptakh stretches from Gelendzhik to the south. On its rocky cliff is locate the Big Blue
Rock Sail has a quadrilateral shape, similar to a sail, its height is 25 meters, width - 20 meters
Sunset on the beach near the white marl slabs in the Big Blue place near the village of Dzhankhot
The Sail rock broke off mountain, which consists entirely of thin slabs of marl
View of the Markotkh range and the Main Caucasus range from the observation deck of the Olymp Park
Olymp Park is located on the top of the Markotkh mountain range directly above Gelendzhik
View of the rocky coast of the Black sea in the place of attraction of Big Blue near Gelendzhik
Slabs of white marl on the beach in the place of attraction Big Blue near the village of Dzhankhot
Blue and azure water color in the place the Big Blue near the village of Dzhankhot
View of the sea from a rocky cliff overgrown with pine trees in the town of Big Blue near Gelendzhik
The Emerald waterfall on the Zhane river near Gelendzhik
The dolmen Harmony (3rd millennium BC) on the Zhane river near Gelendzhik
In front of the Wisdom dolmen there is a large platform, and runic inscriptions are in dolmen surface
The riverbed of the Zhane river between the marl slabs
Cup of Love in the Emerald waterfall on the Zhane river near Gelendzhik
Slab dolmen Zhane on the Zhane river near Gelendzhik
Rock Sail in the village of Praskoveyevka is one of the most remarkable natural attractions on the Black sea
The marl slabs of the mountain behind the Rock Sail in the village of Praskoveyevka descend to the sea like the tails of dragons
Marl slabs that consist of the mountain which the rock Parus broke off
The thickness of the rock Sail is only 1 meter, height-25 meters, width-20 meters
Pitsunda`s pines on a rocky cliff in the place of attraction the Big Blue
Pitsunda`s pines on a rocky cliff in the place of attraction the Big Blue
The Markotkh mountain range, where Olympus Park is located, rises more than 400 meters above sea level
View of the Main Caucasian mountain range from the observation deck of Olymp Park