|Karagiye (Қарақия ойпаты)|
|Karagiye Mountain Trench, Karagiye Depression|
View of Karagiye Depression
|Location||Mangyshlak Peninsula, Kazakhstan|
|Floor elevation||-132 m|
|Long-axis length||40 km|
Karagiye (Kazakh: Қарақия ойпаты, Karagiye means Black Jaw in Turkic) is a 40 kilometres (25 mi) long karst trench close to the Caspian Sea. At approximately 132 metres (433 ft) below sea level it is the lowest point in Europe, Kazakhstan, and the former Soviet Union. It is also known as the "Karagiye Depression" and "Karagiye Mountain Trench".
The trench was formed as soluble limestone, dolomite and gypsum dissolved forming potholes, funnels and caves that eventually collapsed. Today the trench features many scarps and offsets and generates long rain clouds caused by the air rising above it. There is a vernal lake in the south-west of the trench and a stream rising from a drilled well that disappears back into the ground within the trench.
- Karakiya District
- Caspian Depression
- List of countries by lowest point
- List of places on land with elevations below sea level
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