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April 24th, 2009
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Photo Gallery: Afghanistan's first national park


Lake Kara is the largest of the six lakes in Band-e-Amir national park.


Another lake in the park.


Wildlife Conservation Society's scientist Chris Shank with two Afghan park guards.


A person stands at the top of one of the travertine dams that make up the series of six lakes.

To learn more about the park, go here.

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Ana-Laredo TX

    Thanks AC360 crew for sharing the awesome pictures!

    April 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  2. nora

    Absolutely beautiful! We can see God's creation everywhere.

    April 27, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  3. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    So refreshing!

    April 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  4. Vivian

    Thanks for highlighting such beautiful and untouched lakes in Afghanistan. Simply amazing.

    April 26, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  5. Tom

    Looks like Planet of the Apes scenary, but if it works for them Great!!

    April 26, 2009 at 6:59 am |
  6. Erica

    Incredible! My sister is in Afghanistan for the Army and even though I worry about her everyday, it's nice to know that she can see some beauty in a place filled with ugliness.

    April 25, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  7. lenelosaria

    Breathtaking! It is a different story on Afghanistan.

    April 25, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  8. Khwaja Mohammad Masood

    Well it’s so beautiful and I wish that the international community help and support Afghanistan for exploring more locations in this country, and thanks to CNN especially the AC360.com for broadcasting these pictures.

    Thanks
    Khwaja Mohammad Masood
    Kabul, Afghanistan

    April 25, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  9. Annie Kate

    How beautiful. Hopefully Afghanistan can attract tourism business with their national park once the fighting is over. The pictures are magnificient.

    April 24, 2009 at 9:30 pm |
  10. zohra

    there is nature and peacfull beauty in such a country where there was never peace for its people to enjoy going to these places.

    April 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  11. Isabel

    Beautiful images!

    It is great to see news about Afghanistan so differents of war, death, suffering, atrocities!

    April 24, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  12. Dee

    Simply beautiful!

    April 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  13. Joey Niebrugge

    Thank you for posting these stunning pictures. In the midst of the doom and gloom that has so strangled our current newscasts, it is a welcome respite.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  14. Sean Bell

    Wow! Every picture of Afghanistan I've seen looks like the surface of the moon, no green, no blue just barren as far as the eye can see. It's nice to know there are some pleasant places in that country.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  15. robyncaffrey keyser west virginia 26726

    ooo my god "

    is this far from the " afghanistan living populations )

    this is what they need ( a place to go with there familys

    what a beautyfull sight "

    April 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  16. S.A.

    Beautiful!!!

    April 24, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  17. diane

    Interesting national park in Afghanistan. But there's no greenery. Are those rock formations? And why now? did they budget to improve this park or is it a natural and they just now decided to make it into a national park?

    April 24, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  18. Lavan

    haha thats understandable when we are not able to maintain a private jet we need such plan to pay our credits ,

    ppl need food , place and dress first then lets think abt park

    April 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  19. Terry, TX

    Beautiful Pictures.

    April 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm |