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An Azerbaijani Village Nestled Among Mud Volcanoes

The village of Shikhzairli in Azerbaijan is famous for its mud volcanoes, created by hot springs leaking to the surface and mixing with dirt and deposits. Many visitors come to the town, set inside the Gobustan National Park, to see these rare geological features. But the nearby tourist attractions have done little good for the remote village, where many houses stand empty as residents move to more developed areas. (Photos by Abbas Atilay from RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service,13 PHOTOS)