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The IBA covers the very western and most gentle “chink” (cliff) of the vast Ustyurt Plateau, extending to the Mertvyi Kultuk saltmarsh (Mangystau and Beyneu districts). The site consists of a limestone-gypsum desert plateau and neighbouring plains with steep cliffs. The surface of the plateau is slightly undulating clay northern desert with fragments of semidesert. The vegetation is mainly Artemisia-Salsola associations. Below is the vast Mertvyi Kultuk saltmarsh which is now under water and a sea bay created by the rising level of the Caspian Sea.
The IBA holds a complex of species of the northern desert, with a high density of raptors.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Western cliff faces of the Ustyurt Plateau. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/08/2019.