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I have made this photo on the territory of the nature park “Deer Streams” from the panoramic platform at the top of the Kamien "Drowned man" from which the picturesque kind on a valley of the river Serga opens.
The park is situated 100 km to the south west of Ekaterinburg in Nizhnie Sergi. The park covers an area of 12,700 hectares along the valley of the river Serga.
The picturesque valley of the river Serga works its way through calcareous rocks and it abounds in various manifestations of karst. The park contains the largest cave of the Sverdlovsk district - cave «Druzhba» ("Friendship") and also other famous caves - Arakaevskaya, Katnikovskaya and karst formations “the Big Failure” and the Glacier. The nature park represents a border between landscapes of middle Ural mountain taiga of the Sredneuralsk area and forest-steppe of the Krasnoufimsk region.
This landscape variety, low level of industrial pollution and economic development of the territory of Nizhnie Sergi area give the possibility to keep numerous species of flora and fauna. Coniferous and broad-leaved forests prevail in the park.
Numerous archeological finds and objects testify that from most ancient times primitive men occupied the valley of the river Serga. Paintings on the rock “Pisanitsa” have become popular attractions – among the 22 natural monuments found in the park.
Relief of the area is characteristic for the middle Urals with average heights of 300-500 m above sea level. The rocks “ostantsy” along the banks of the river Serga, reaching heights of 40m are of great interest for park visitors. The park is characterized by deep river valleys with steep cliffs, tributaries of the Serga, whose valley has a width of up to 250-300 metres and for the most part is a classical “V” shape.
The karst is the phenomenon widely distributed in this area. Here it is possible to see various karstic forms of a relief.

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