Exhibit Shows Natural Wonders of Martuks District

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The Zhasyl Olkem exhibition documents the natural beauty of Martuks district.

AKTOBE – The Zhasyl Olkem (“green corner” in Kazakh) exhibition at the Aktobe regional historical museum is currently displaying photographs, videos and other artefacts relating to the natural beauty of the Martuks district. The exhibition is intended to expand attitudes toward environmentalism, promote patriotism and preserve the region’s cultural heritage.

Martuks boasts a remarkable natural heritage, including a relic fishing line on the outskirts of Shevchenko village. It’s also the only place in the area where relict forests of lady-fern bracken, birch and aspen groves grow. There is also a rare type of gladiolus, listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan, in the area, as well as huge anthills. The protected natural area spans seven hectares (17.2 acres).

In the winter quarters of Zhanatay there are 61 rare and endangered species of plants, including wild strawberries, Altay asters and Rattle Zhungar cow wheat. The territory is protected by the Martuks forestry department.

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