To help make sense of the geology, the best source I can find on line is this
and also this series of diagrams illustrating the geological history by the same author, Dr. Stefan Lang
which include links to some more photos. From a research home page for Dr. Lang, it seems he was studying the geology here between 1996 & 2001
Here are my photos as a NextGen gallery of reduced images for easier loading. Originals available.
I’ve never been in a place like the Charyn Canyon before, and all the flora was new to me. I think I know the genus for some, but that’s about all. I avoided the plants near the campsite, since these were obvious introduced, but I suspect some others are as well – one looks like a Californian Poppy – Eschscholtzia – but on googling it seems this is only native to California & Mexico.
Here they are as a NextGen gallery. I’ve reducing the size so they won’t be too slow loading, but if anyone wants to help me identify them, I can send the originals.