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The Ininsky Stone Garden

The Ininsky Stone Garden

The Stone Garden

The Stone Garden on the right bank of the Ina

The Ininsky Stone Garden is a unique natural phenomenon. It is situated in the south-western part of the Barguzin valley where the River Ina flows out of the Ikatsky range. The garden covers more than 10 square km. The stones are located mostly on the right bank of the Ina. The huge granite lumps are scattered all over the flat area. Some of them are 4-5 metres in cross-section.

If you add a little imagination, you will see that the stones look like a group of isles in the ocean.

The lumps are separated from each other, but some of them form a solid unit. The farther you get from the Ikatsky range the less stones you meet on your way.

There are different ideas of the origin of these lumps. People say that these stone lumps used to be at the bottom of the ocean and the mountains around were the shores.

The famous Baikal research V.V. Lamakin considered the stones to be moraines (glacial deposits) which existed more than 100 thousand years ago. Another scientist, G.F. Ufimsky thinks that the stones appeared as a result of catastrophy.

There is also a very interesting legend about a bet between Barguzin and Ina. A long time ago Barguzin and Ina laid a bet who would be the first to reach Baikal. Having arranged the start for the sunrise, Barguzin set off for the journey the same evening. In the morning, having learnt that Barguzin had already started, Ina rushed after him throwing out huge boulders on the way. Those stones still lie on the both banks of the River Ina

Having arranged the start for the sunrise, Barguzin set off for the journey the same evening. In the morning, having learnt that Barguzin had already started, Ina rushed after him throwing out huge boulders on the way. Those stones still lie on the both banks of the River Ina

The Ina has many tributaries: Togooho, Haara Ц Uhan, Barguhan, Zuun Ц Barhan, Baruun Ц Barhan. They say that the stones have magic power. So if you touch a stone it will take away all your negative energy and give you positive one instead.

The Ininsky Stone Garden has a great scientific and aesthetic value. And, like other unique natural phenomena, it needs to be protected.



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