The Canyon is located in the Malozemelskaya Tundra along the middle reaches of the Belaya River, a tributary of the Indiga river. The natural monument covers an area of 212 hectares.
The landscape of the canyon is distinguished by picturesque coastal cliffs up to 80-90 meters high. The basalts of the river canyon have numerous inclusions of agate and other semi-precious minerals.
Three hundred and sixty to four hundred million years ago, this place was the shore of a Devonian sea. Now its precipitation is clearly visible in the coastal cliffs of the rivers. The cliffs, composed of sandstone and shale of the Upper Devonian period, feature fragments of shells and teeth of Devonian armored fish, different species of corals, trilobites, as well as casts and charred remains of Upper Devonian plants.
The river Belaya flows through the territory of the natural monument, with numerous white rocky shoals. Within the canyon it is 25-30 m wide. White River is a spawning place for salmon, as well as the habitat of other species of fish (such as Arctic char and grayling). The water in the river is so clear that from its high rocky banks one can see all its inhabitants. There is so much fish that often the number of times a fisherman casts his rod equals the number of fish he catches.
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