Thursday, October 20, 2011

UKRAINE ~Crimea-Mount Ai-Petri~

Got a stunning card showing an awesome white mountain in the sun against a clear blue sky... and this picture was taken by the sender itself...Thanks a lot Olga!!

With great stamps too!!
Although not Crimea's highest mountain (1,234m), Ai Petri (Saint Peter) is undoubtedly one of the great icons of the peninsula. For many kilometres along Crimea's south coast, its huge rock towers dominate the scene, rising abruptly from the magnificent lower slopes of natural pine forest. It's certainly one of the most spectacular, with its sparkling white limestone peak and its jagged `teeth'.
The peak is actually the weathered remains of a huge coral reef formed millions of years ago, when this area was under the sea, and although the limestone here is exceptionally dense - hence its longevity - fossils have been found in the rocks.

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