A stunning set of photographs show an amazing sunken forest rising out of a 400-metre-long crystal clear mountain lake in Kazakhstan.

Lake Kaindy, located in the Tian Shan Mountains some 130km from the city of Almaty, was created after an earthquake in 1911 that triggered a huge landslide blocked the gorge, forming a natural dam.

Eventually, rainwater filled the valley and created the lake, which has become famous for its scenic beauty and in particular the submerged forest and the imposing trunks of spruce trees that rise out of the lake water.

Above water, the sunken trees have been compared to large masts from lost ghost ships and the spears of a mysterious army hiding and waiting for the right time to emerge.

 

The water is so cold – even in summer the temperature does not exceed six degrees – that the great pines still remain on the trees, even 100 years on.

Because of the clear mountain water, you can see deep into the depths of the lake, Main Online reported.

In winter, the surface of the lake freezes over and during this time, Lake Kaindy becomes a great spot for trout fishing and ice diving.

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