Location and Values: The Lena Pillars Nature Park is a geological site located in the Sakha Republic of eastern Siberia in the Russian Federation. The park protects a spectacular series of rock pillars along the banks of the Lena River, which have been created over the millennia through repeated frost-shattering of the rock under extreme climatic conditions. This is the world’s most notable ‘pillar landscape’ of its kind, and the Earth’s prime example of the ‘frozen ground’ karst phenomenon. The site also includes important fossils of early life, covering the entire period of the ‘Cambrian Explosion’ (around 540 million years ago), a pivotal period in the evolution of life on Earth when practically all modern animal phyla started to appear.
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s Conservation Outlook Assessment (2017) the conservation status of the Lena Pillars Nature Park is ‘good’. The IUCN report notes that protection of the park benefits from its remote location and lack of resident communities, facilitating an effective protection and management regime. Forest fires represent the biggest threat to the area, although this is unlikely to impact on the site’s outstanding geological values.
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