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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Ten Facts About Siberia

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Ergaki Nature Reserve (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District)… the reserve is 3,429 square kilometres (1,324 square miles) in size

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  1. Siberia occupies almost 10 percent of the land on the planet.
  2. Siberia is over 10 million square kilometres (3.86 million square miles) in area… larger than Canada, the second-largest country in the world after Russia.
  3. Siberia’s highest point is Belukha Mountain, at 4,509 metres (14,794 feet) (Altai Mountains).
  4. Siberia has the deepest lake on the planet… Lake Baikal.
  5. Siberia has the largest amount of freshwater surface area on the planet.
  6. Siberia’s Vasyugan Swamp is the largest swamp/wetland in the world… about 53,000 square kilometres (20,464 square miles) in size, larger than such countries as the Netherlands, Switzerland, or Belgium.
  7. Siberia has more than 25 percent of all forests on the planet.
  8. Siberia has the largest temperature differential in the world… the greatest difference between summer and winter temperature is 106.7 degrees (-70 to + 36.7) (224.06 degrees Fahrenheit, -94 to 98.06), recorded at Verkhoyansk (Yakutiya).
  9. Siberia has the largest concentration of natural resources in Russia:
    • 85 percent of lead and platinum
    • 71 percent of nickel
    • 69 percent of copper
    • 44 percent of silver
    • 40 percent of gold
  10. Siberia has 24 million inhabitants (16.9 per cent of Russia’s population).

16 November 2016

Красоты России

Beauties of Russia

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

2 February 2014. A Photo Essay. It’s Wintertime in Russia

00 Winter in Russia 01. Norilsk. 02.02.14

It’s COLD in Norilsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) in the Far North… -46 (-50.8 Fahrenheit ) to be exact. She IS wearing her woolies, to be sure…

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00 Winter in Russia 02. Divnogorsk. 02.02.14

Local “walruses” jump into the Yenisei River at a temperature of around -30 (-22 Fahrenheit) in Divnogorsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District), south of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia

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00 Winter in Russia 03. Moscow Oblast motocross. 02.02.14

Motocross in Moscow Oblast (Central Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 04. St Petersburg. 02.02.14

A child gives flowers to a war veteran during a parade on the 70th anniversary of Leningrad’s liberation from the fascist blockade on Nepokoryonnykh Prospekt (“Avenue of the Unconquered”… the Piskarovskoye Memorial Cemetery is on this street) in St Petersburg (Federal City of St PetersburgNorthwestern Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 05. Baltiisk. 02.02.14

Swans in the harbour in Baltiisk in Kaliningrad Oblast (Northwestern Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 06. Taiga Raion. 02.02.14

A fisherman walks on the frozen Yenisei River in the village of Taiga (Kozulka Raion) at -20 (-4 Fahrenheit ), outside Krasnoyarsk

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00 Winter in Russia 07. Tobolsk. 02.02.14

A boy slides down a snow-covered hill in Tobolsk (Tyumen Oblast. Ural Federal District) in Siberia

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00 Winter in Russia 08. Lake Baikal. 02.02.14

A cruise ship sails on Lake Baikal by the village of Listvyanka (Irkutsk Oblast. Siberian Federal District)

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00 Winter in Russia 09. Reshma. 02.02.14

The Kolyada rite in the village of Reshma (Kineshma Raion. Ivanovo Oblast. Central Federal District, 318 kilometres (197 miles) from Moscow)

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You think that YOU have it bad? Not only is it COLDER in Russia… everybody’s out and about! Pull out those valenki and pull on your ushanka and go join ’em! It’s wintertime in Russia! Pass the jug and have some fun…

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Saturday, 29 October 2011

29 October 2011. No Words Necessary… Our Great Russian Motherland… Buryatia

Cathedral of the Icon of the Mother of GodHodigitria

Ulan Ude (Republic of Buryatia. Siberian Federal District) RF

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