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Friday, 25 November 2016

25 November 2016. Our Great Russian Motherland… Sunset Over the Lena River in Yakutiya

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The Lena River is 4,472 kilometres (2,779 miles) long and navigable for about 90 percent of its length. The navigation season lasts 125 to 175 days (longer in the south, shorter in the north). The Lena’s course runs completely through land affected by permafrost. It’s not always winter in Yakutiya

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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

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

23 June 2016. Our Great Russian Motherland: Morning Fog in Perm Krai

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Perm Krai is near the western slopes of the Ural Mountains, making it one of the easternmost parts of “Europe”. Most of the territory is in notional Europe, with only 0.2 percent in “Asia”. Of course, such distinctions are merely academic, as there’s little to mark the difference between the “continents” (indeed, I prefer to see it as “Eurasia”, as one unified continent and landmass). In short, it’s “Siberian”, with the same climate, folkways, and topography. 71 percent of the Krai is forest-covered.

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Monday, 7 December 2015

7 December 2015. Winter Arrives in Krasnoyarsk Krai…

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Winter is HERE in Krasnoyarsk Krai in Siberia… however, the “best” is yet to come…

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