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Gobustan and mud Volcano

Gobustan
The cultural landscape of the Gobustan stone art encompasses three regions of the plateau of rocky boulders rising from the semi-desert of Central Azerbaijan, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 engravings that attest to the 40,000-year-old rock art. The site also presents the remains of inhabited caves, settlements and burial places, which reflects the intensive use by the people of the inhabitants of the area during the wet period that followed the last glacial period, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. The 537 hectare site is part of a larger protected Gobustan reservation

 


Mud Volcanoes
Azerbaijan is the epicenter of mud volcanoes in the world - 350 out of 800 mud volcanoes exist on the Earth! According to the number of mud volcanoes, Azerbaijan ranks first in the world - it accounts for almost half of all mud volcanoes of the Earth. Mud volcanoes are found not only on land but also on the water territory of the country - about 150 mud volcanoes are found in the Caspian Sea. Mud volcanoes erupt lava, mud and liquid that are used as raw materials for the chemical and construction industries, as well as for pharmacology. Volcanoes are active all year round. The 23 most interesting mud volcanoes received the status of the National Park and are under protection.

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