|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
The pillars seen from a river cruise boat.
|Location||Sakha Republic, Russia|
|Inscription||2012 (36th Session)|
|Area||1,387,000 ha (3,430,000 acres)|
Lena Pillars (Russian: Ле́нские столбы́, tr. Lenskiye Stolby; Yakut: Өлүөнэ туруук хайалара, Ölüöne Turūk Khayalara) is the name given to a natural rock formation along the banks of the Lena River in far eastern Siberia. The pillars are 150–300 metres (490–980 ft) high, and were formed in some of the Cambrian period sea-basins. The highest density of pillars is reached between the villages of Petrovskoye and Tit-Ary. The Lena Pillars Nature Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2012.
One may plan a river cruise by contacting a travel service in the city of Yakutsk. Those interested in limnology or ecotourism, and others who visit Lake Baikal, can coordinate a river sojourn with the aid of a guide from the Lake Baikal region; however, consider that Yakutsk, the world's coldest city and where the river cruises originate, is approximately 900 miles (1,400 km) northeast of Lake Baikal.
Few modern amenities exist in this part of Russia, unless one travels by cruise ship on the Lena River.
Hiking trails in the region are steep and at times precarious.
These types of rocks are commonly formed in marine environments and the horizontal layering and vertical variation indicates marine transgression/regression; with the slate representing the deep marine, slightly metamorphosed shales.
Climate here is acutely continental with temperatures down to -60°C in winter and up to +35°C in summer.
- Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Lena Pillars Nature Park". whc.unesco.org.
- "Lena river trips – Sakha Yakutia – Heart of Siberia". www.yakutiatravel.com.
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