Photographer's Note

This is Karasu (Black-Water) Village, which is situated at the place, where the Karasu River (it is seen in the right part of the background) empties into the Cherek Bezengiyskiy (or Cherek Khulamskiy, as another variant of its name). The Cherek flows from the left, where the Cherek-Bezengiyskiy canyon is seen, to the right margin of the picture. The picture was a stitched from two ones.

There are a lot of rivers with the name Karasu (meaning "black water" or "black river") in the regions, where Turkic languages are spoken. Those Karasu rivers I have seen before were pretty muddy. But this one in Kabardino-Balkaria has absolutely clear, not black, water. An explanation of the name I got from a local man. He told me, that the water in the river is so clear, that the black bottom of the river is visible very well.

GPS coordinates: 43.29674 Lat, 43.41956 Long, 1010 m

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Additional Photos by Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1978 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
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