12 Mountains Are Their Element

Mountains Are Their Element

Posted on October 18, 2011 by

Meteorologists and glaciologists work here at the ‘Mynzhilki’ and ‘Tuiyk Su’ centers at a hight of 3000 meters. These people study global climat changes and alpine glaciers and control dangerous mud-flow moraine lakes. They truly believe that there is nothing better than mountains!

Although the sign says 3100 meters, the actual hight of the ‘Mynzhilki’ center’s locations is 3017 meters.

You could work here just for the view! The center was founded in 1935. It is the only center which has outlived ‘Perestroika’. The data they receive here goes to the meteorology center in Almaty and after that it is sent to Kazakhstan weather bureau.

The oldest of the meteorologists of the center has been working here for 39 years.

In four month he’s going to retire but he wants to keep on working.

After some time, people begin to feel like home in the mountains and it is very difficult for them to get used to the city again.

Ten people work in the center. It is a shift work: they spend ten days in the mountains and then they have a twenty-day break in the city. Anatoly is a professional alpinist. His hobby has turned into a job. He says that people work here not for money but because mountains will never let them go.

Weather influences our life greatly. Industries, health and mood depend on it. We forecast weather for airlines, ships, construction companies and many others.

Meteorologists observe air and ground temperature, daytime, atmospheric pressure, wind speed, and precipitation ammount. After processing all this information, meteorologists are able to forecast droughts, frosts, hail or storms.

They have to work all day long and every three hours the information is sent to the meteorology center. If they find anything unusual, they send ‘emergency-telegrams’.

A thermometer and a hydrometer (it registers humidity) are situated here.


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12 Responses to “Mountains Are Their Element”

  1. Archy Bunka says:

    Cool job.

  2. historian says:

    Their taste in music seems to be Vysotzki, as they have a poster of him.

    I think its from Brecht “the good person of sechvan” whcih Vysotzki played at taganka.

    No wonder they love him.





  3. Petio from Bulgaria says:

    Great job!

  4. Macsen says:

    Um, ya. I think this is the best ER post ever, but I’m a big fan of mountains…

  5. Hirsh says:

    Great post. Would have liked to know more about the colorful round “cottages” too. The main building is quite an oddity as far as construction goes. It is literally pieced together over the years, or so it looks.

  6. Hirsh says:

    God forbid i make an honest observation. National feelings might get hurt…

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