The Karynzharyk Depression is located in the south-western part of the Mangystau region. Its bottom is covered by the Kenderli sor, the longest in the Mangystau region. The highlight of the Kenderli sor is the five remnant mountains, which rise more than 150 m in the middle of salty white silence.
Almost the entire depression is located on the territory of the Ustyurt reserve.
The Karynzharyk Depression reaches minus 75 meters and is under the Ustyurt cliff below the edge of the plateau at 280 meters, which is typical for the coastal zone of the present Caspian Sea. From time to time, depressions are filled with rainwater after drying, which leaves extensive salt marshes.
The Karyn-Zharyk Depression serves as a section between the Ustyurt plateau and the Mangyshlak Peninsula.
To the considered epoch, there were already deep depressions on the plateau of Ustyurt to which the Upper Pliocene lacustrine, alluvial-proluvial, deluvial-proluvial, and sometimes marine sediments are associated: grained sand, sandstone, pebbles, conglomerates, sandy loam and clay, and occasional limestones. Their thickness varies, it reaches 100 meters in the valley of the Karaynzharyk.
The extent of the basin, in the meridional direction, from east to west is 85 km at the base of the Ustyurt cliff.
There is a desert of the same name - Karynzharyk in the western part of the valley. Throughout the length of the east, along the depression stretches the chinks, which are chosen by the moufflons.
Its bottom is covered by the Kenderli sor, the longest in the Mangystau region.
Perhaps, this point is the most attractive part of the depression. The highlight of the Kenderli sor is the five remnant mountains, which rise more than 150 m in the middle of salty white silence. Three of them stand close to each other, that is why the locals call these mountains "Three Batyrs" or "Three Brothers".
The bottom of the sor is always wet and covered with a salty crust that swells in the sun with the veins of endless cracks.
In wet seasons the salt marsh is covered with a thin layer of water and then the remains, like inaccessible islands, rise above the mirror surface. The most unforgettable sight opens from the high and steep cliff of the Ustyurt plateau, when you seem to hang over the Kenderli sor, mentally hovering among the "batyrs" of Karynzharyk.