Urochishe Peschanoye

Urochishe Peschanoye is famous for its picturesque sand dunes. Constant winds, which blow from the sea move the sand away from the shore and form high sand hills, which are called "Moving sands", as they change due to the wind direction. Sand hills and dunes occupy an area of about 3 sq-km. It is the biggest sand area not only on Olkhon Island, but on all the western shore of Baikal. One rare plant which isn't found anywhere else in the world lives in this place: astragal Olkhonskiy. It blossoms in July, its beans reach no more than 1cm long. On the border of the forest where sand finishes, one may find walking trees, which rise 30-40 cm above the sand on its roots.
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