A magnitude 7.7 earthquake in 1911 hit the area of southeastern Kazakhstan. The earthquake triggered a wast landslide of about 15 million cubic meters of limestone rock, forming the present-day shape of Lake Kaindy. The lake is characterized by crystal clear and cold water, and a submerged forest of Picea schrenkiana trees. The cold water helped preserve the logs, which, although they have lost their bark and branches, still protrude from the water and resemble the masts of sunken ships. Visitors like to dive in the waters of the lake, but this activity requires a diving suit and equipment due to the water temperature, which is not suitable for diving even in summer.