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Silkroad travels: Pamir
Shortly before Kara kul kishlak (=village) we met these Dutch cyclists. My friend Peter (right) is talking to them. And they were not the last ones on our trip to Kashgar! Behind the group you notice the mighty impact crater rim of the Kara kul, created some 5 or more million years ago. To the left you see a glacier with a trapez shape---consequently the mountain is called Pik Trapez (6048 m asl). And last but not least the Kara kul (=Black lake) is faintly visible.

I put the mark for "Map:View" exactly where we stood. A more interesting exercise is possible directly in Google Earth: typing in the coordinates 39.0 and 73.5 where it says:"Fly to" brings you automatically to the lake. Zoom back and then tilt the view with the horizontal bar top right and you will see the impact crater and the Alai mountain range (including Pik Lenina, 7134 m asl). And yes, now turn the circle on top right, the vista is hallucinating!

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