Stone Mushrooms Altai

Stone mushrooms Altai

About 1.5 km below the confluence of the river on the right bank Chulcham Chulyshman two hours away from its confluence to the lake begins Akkurum tract, whose name translates as "white scree" where these amazing rocks like stone mushrooms exist. Usually "kurums" called clusters of large boulders and debris solid rock formed by weathering on gentle slopes and at their feet. A characteristic feature is their Kurumov slow moving down the slope.

Stone mushrooms Altai

Stone mushrooms - unusual landforms formed as a result of selective leaching (scientifically - denudation) heterogeneous rocks. Grew these mushrooms like this: cap "mushrooms" thick slabs formed conglomerate, and "legs" - a loose sediments that are faster "hats" were subjected to destruction, mainly water flowing down the slopes.
As a result of this failure, and uneven shapes formed giant quite resemble mushrooms.

Stone mushrooms Altai

The height of the "mushroom" up to 7 m, diameter of the "cap" - 2 m, and its thickness - 0.5 m
Thickness of the "legs" in this case is - 1-1.5 m in diameter.
There are "mushrooms" and smaller 1-2 m tall.

Stone mushrooms Altai


The most amazing thing that continues to grow mushrooms! The explanation lies in the peculiarities of the soil in the area, consisting of clay and gravel. In the dry state it strong, but under the influence of moisture floats, collapses and is carried away by storm water runoff. In such circumstances, the level beams extremely slowly but steadily decreasing. But behind the plate and blocks conglomerates serve as a natural soil protection, thereby forming under a "leg" of the fungus.

Stone mushrooms Altai

However, stone plants are short-lived. In the late nineteenth century collapsed one of the tallest and most beautiful "mushroom." Now we can only watch his "hat" that fell between two other unusual lumps. And in 2003, when there was a series in the Altai earthquakes, fell some more.

Stone mushrooms Altai

However, stone plants are short-lived. In the late nineteenth century collapsed one of the tallest and most beautiful "mushroom." Now we can only watch his "hat" that fell between two other unusual lumps. And in 2003, when there was a series in the Altai earthquakes, fell some more.

Stone mushrooms Altai

However, stone plants are short-lived. In the late nineteenth century collapsed one of the tallest and most beautiful "mushroom." Now we can only watch his "hat" that fell between two other unusual lumps. And in 2003, when there was a series in the Altai earthquakes, fell some more.

Stone mushrooms Altai

However, stone plants are short-lived. In the late nineteenth century collapsed one of the tallest and most beautiful "mushroom." Now we can only watch his "hat" that fell between two other unusual lumps. And in 2003, when there was a series in the Altai earthquakes, fell some more.

Stone mushrooms Altai

However, stone plants are short-lived. In the late nineteenth century collapsed one of the tallest and most beautiful "mushroom." Now we can only watch his "hat" that fell between two other unusual lumps. And in 2003, when there was a series in the Altai earthquakes, fell some more.

Stone mushrooms Altai

Access to two large "spawn" you can only get to the other side of the river and climbed the trail that runs along a steep slope at an altitude of about 120m. And in the beginning of the trail have to climb a rather steep slope. But on the rise, you can enjoy the stunning panorama of the gorge Karasu. It is here usually organized tours, which last an hour and a half, depending on group size and time spent on familiarization with mushrooms and photography. There are "adult" mushrooms, up to five meters, and "young", the height of which only one or two meters. "Leg" of the fungus well feel like porous, rough, her act of rounded pebbles, but the "hat" - this is quite a good-sized lump, depending on the "growth" of the fungus.