In 2014 Sochi is going to host the Olympic Games, which Russian people are very happy about, because it will enhance the prestige of the country and in Russia they will have a new world-class touristic city. Some people don't believe that builders will be
able to finish their projects in time but after seeing what they've already done, no doubt will be left. In the picture: Stadium 'Fisht' construction. The stadium was named after Mount Fisht which means 'white head' (the glacier on top).
Azerbaijan boasts the fact that it has the biggest number of mud volcanoes in the world (350 out of 800 volcanoes of the planet are situated there). Mud volcanoes are related to oil/gas deposits. Their eruptions are accompanied by powerful explosions and
underground rumble. Gases which come out blaze up, sometimes making the fire as tall as 1000 meters. In Azerbajlan, there have been over 200 eruptions since 1810. So, if you take a one hour drive south of Baku, you'll see this:
This is a general view of Balaklava Bay, the Black Sea. Under this mountain in the middle there is an armoury, a channel, and a service, repair and equipment base for submarines. It had been built since 1957 until 1961 by military men, who were later accompanied by specialists in underground construction. It is also an anti-radiation shelter for 3000 people. The maximum width of the
rocky ground is 126 meters. The channel has a length of 505 meters, a width of 6-8.5 meters and a depth of 6-8.5 meters. The base became abandoned in 1995 and in 2003 they opened a museum there, where they show the armoury and the channel, but the access to mines, torpedoes and the service, repair and equipment base remain closed for regular viewers.