Today, the Exclusion zone is a superficial open radioactive source. Within radioactively contaminated territories, a series of works were carried out to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination and radionuclides outside the
exclusion zone, to the main reservoirs of Ukraine (Kiev reservoir, the Dnieper river, etc.) The Ukrainian part of the exclusion zone, and the zone of obligatory resettlement, has an area at about 2598 km2.
Just some pictures of Russian trains going through rural landscapes. Trains of
coal, cows enjoying the spring sun, dogs - all this and more is inside.
We've had car on the Baikal lake ice already here. This is something alike, but different. This is the same place, but at night with some artificial illumination planted beneath the ice. I don't recall seeing something
like this before. So here is the story, told by the authors: "We didn't know if we would be able to illuminate the car thru the one meter (3 feet) thick ice. However we decided to give it a try..."
Sometimes it's rainy in Astrakhan. As a person from Astrakhan says, the city lacks drains so even small amounts of rain might turn the city into Venice after only one hour. Well, to
me its not Venice at all, but you might want to take a look. Also most of the photos in the article can be clicked for a bigger size (if such a size is available).
Kaindi is a mountain lake in Kazakhstan. It is said that it was formed after a natural disaster in the area which blocked the entrance to this canyon and the mountain river has
filled the place with water. The forest that was growing in the canyon got covered by the water. Even after a hundred years the forest is still standing in the lake.
Salekhard is a city on Russian North, was founded in 1595 and has a population 46,650 people. It has schools, colleges, a few factories and a port. However if you take a snowmobile and run sixty miles away from the city one can see the life of people in the wild like the rain deer owners, living in
traditional houses called "Chums". They author of the photos, Ivan, has took a guide with him, as he didn't risk going on a snowmobile all alone deep into the wilderness. "Staying there is awful, they drink blood!", Ivan says that this is what he was told by a policeman when went there.
The common life of Belgorod's quarry is shown in the following photos. A chalk and clay quarry is located not far from the cement plant. It was founded
in 1989. There were a lot of plans to close it because chalk dust can be harmful to human life, but no matter what, it is still working.
Nikolai in his blog tells how he took a trip to Baikal lake and took photos of locals fishing for a fish called "Omul" and talked with the locals: "Not much of Omul left in Baikal, before we
could get a ton of Omul from just one net. We can sell one kilo of omul for roughly $1.20". So by this logic, they could get up to $1200 for just one fishing net full of Omul.
Pamir is a range of mountains, part of which is in the Southern part of USSR, which is now Tajikistan, and which shares a border with Afghanistan. There are lakes in the mountains, and here are widescreen photos of three of those lakes. The traveller, Vladimir, says that these lakes have the
names "Stinky", "High" and "Green". So this is the "Green" lake in the picture above. It actually becomes green under certain lighting conditions. An example is below: At other times its more blue than green. The photographer says it has a lot of fish in it.