Photo and caption by Tugo Cheng

As the largest mountain ranges in Central Asia, Tian-shan (‘sky-mountain’ in Chinese), has one of the best collections of natural landscapes in the world and is seen by many as a paradise for outdoor adventures. Thanks to the richness of sediments compounded with the power of erosion by rivers flowing down the mountains, the north face of Tian-shan is carved into stunning plateaus and colorful canyons hundreds of meters deep, resulting in this surrealist painting in nature. Source

Guys, He Tian might look cool smoking but he ain’t got nothing on this bad boy, yo!

This idea popped up out of nowhere tonight and I had to draw it out lol.

…I started doing nice lineart then lost my way, just like I usually do XD Doing clean lineart is my ultimate weakness, help! (┛◉Д◉)┛彡┻━┻


The Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan

Kaindy Lake is a 400 meter long lake in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Tian Shan Mountains located 129 km from the city of Almaty. The lake was created after an earthquake in 1911 that triggered a large landslide blocking the gorge and forming a natural dam. Subsequently, rainwater filled the valley and created the lake.

The lake is famous for its scenic beauty particularly the submerged forest and the imposing trunks of spruce trees that rises out of the lake water. The water is so cold (even in summer the temperature does not exceed 6 degrees) that the great pines still remain on the trees, even 100 years later. (x)

…So I did this thing XD

Originally, I just drew that first pic and wanted to leave it as that… (Pfffft, my first ever He Tian drawing was that– so awesome lol!)

But I thought I’ll try and do He Tian some justice so this was formed :P Went from being funny to somewhat kinda serious in a flash XD

As for last pic, I got lazy and slapped that on, it worked well for this anyway!

There were several 1% moments but I only drew one out. I might try and do better lineart later… If I’m not lazy.

Snapped, offset rocks.

When one continent grinds slowly into another and the rocks in between (whether marine or terrestrial) are slowly crushed and thrust upwards, the resulting tectonic forces create huge networks of faults as the rocks crack, along with subsidiary mountain ranges as the stresses redistribute though the landmasses.

The main ranges are created by giant thrust faults, when huge slabs of rock (called nappes after the French for tablecloth) detach from the underlying layers along a weaker layer of rock and push up over the continents. At roughly right angles to these, subsidiary faults redistribute stress through the surrounding plate as it heaves and groans up a new mountain range and its surrounding landscape pattern. Try shoving your tablecloth across the table as if your hand was a continent and you will quickly see how the stress patterns distribute, even though cloth is a very different material to rock.

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