2 Out of the Earth Landscapes of South-Eastern Kazakhstan

Out of the Earth Landscapes of South-Eastern Kazakhstan

Another series of photos of Kazakhstan from above. This time the helicopter with the photographer flew over the South-Eastern part of Kazakhstan capturing the colorful mountains, sometimes red, sometimes changing to white. "It makes me feel like I went to another planet", says the photographer. "Some of the landscapes look like
they are from Mars! It's a big pity that no tourist routes come here. I usually fly in military helicopters." Let's take a look. You might want to click on any of the photos for a larger sized view. via
4 Disappeared Animals inhabited the Russian territiory

Disappeared Animals inhabited the Russian territiory

As the largest country in the world, Russia is inhabited by a significant proportion of the animals which live on the planet. There are more than 1550 species of vertebrate animals. However, the diversity of species of wildlife has significantly reduced, primarily due to humans.  Many of the species have disappeared over the past two centuries. A lot of representatives of the Russian fauna can only be seen today in the  pictures of encyclopedias. A large-horn deer inhabited the vast territory stretching from Ireland to North Africa. In Russia, the skeletons of this mammal are often
found in the Ryazan and Sverdlovsk regions, in the Republic of Crimea and the North Caucasus. Scientists suggest that the large-horn deer completely disappeared about 7.6 thousand years ago. This deer lived in open spaces because of the huge horns, which can reach a weight of 37 kilograms, and have a length of up to 4 meters. In the forest, such bulky horns could interfere with its ability to hide from enemies. Now scientists believe that the disappearance of this species of deer was a natural process due to climate change.  

3 Trip to Home in Chukotka

Trip to Home in Chukotka

A normal trip home in Chukotka, Russia may look something like this. Those all terrain vehicles are the only reliable means of transportation and communication between the town of Anadir and other places, Evgeniy Basov, a local of Chucotka, writes in his blog. He says that people can wait weeks for a plane trip in the local airport because of the weather conditions, which is much worse than taking the
trip in one of those vehicles, which in the worst case scenario, can take two days to get you to the place you need to go. However he mentions that the all terrain vehicles are mostly used to bring perishable groceries: milk, eggs, fresh foods etc. into town. This time, the author took a trip in one of these and they were also carrying some food as a part of their mission:

6 Round Balls of Chechnya

Round Balls of Chechnya

These strange stone balls were discovered in the mountains of Chechnya. What are they? Chechen scientists hypothesized that these large stone balls are the ancient fossilized eggs of dinosaurs that died out millions of
years ago. When they are cut they are really similar to an egg - with a visible pronounced "yolk" in the center  and "whites" on the periphery, and then a "shell" in the outermost layer of the ball.

5 Hermits Village in Sibir Mountains of Russia

Hermits Village in Sibir Mountains of Russia

Two thousand meters above sea level, in mountains near Krasnoyarsk Russia, there is a village where hermits moved to twenty years ago and built everything from scratch. A blogger took a
trip there too see how they live off the grid in the mountains. To get to the place one has to take an eighty kilometer trip on a mud road, like this one which the author took:

4 Hail Storm Caused Flooding in Smolensk Russia

Hail Storm Caused Flooding in Smolensk Russia

Record breaking flooding has struck
Smolensk city after a hailstorm.

0 Once Abandoned Salt Mine

Once Abandoned Salt Mine

A few pics from an abandoned salt mine village in the Altai region of Russia. As Dmitriy, the blogger, says, In the 1970s this place had almost 2,000 inhabitants, most of them supported by working the salt mine in the village. In the
1990s the place went bankrupt, the salt from this village couldn't compete with cheaper salt from elsewhere. Lately people are again returned to the place but salt production can't be compared to the previous volumes.

3 Stray Dog Protects Small Kittens

Stray Dog Protects Small Kittens

A homeless dog found kittens in the trash hut, then started to protect and feed them. "Kids have found kittens in the scrap yard, and made a little hut for them. But then a stray dog appeared and started living
with the kitties. It doesn't eve eat the food that is for the kittens." - says Natalya, a nearby resident. The dog has reportedly stayed with the kittens inside the hut for more than three weeks.

3 Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Kamchatka is the land of the living volcanoes. But people have learned how to get benefit from volcanoes. Only 50
people work at the Mutnovsko Geothermal energy plant, which supplies a third of central Kamchatka with energy.

3 How Diamonds Are Mined (in Russia)

How Diamonds Are Mined (in Russia)

Diamonds were formed more than 300 million years ago. Kimberlite magma formed at a depth of 20 or 25 km. Magma gradually rises along faults in the crust and when the upper layer can no longer hold back the pressure of the magma, an eruption occurs. The first such "pipes" were found in Kimberley inSouth Africa and from there came the name. In the mid 50s rich primary diamond deposits were discovered in Yakutia. Here the diamonds were found in about 1500 kimberlite pipes. The Russian company "ALROSA" produces 99% of diamonds in
Russia and more than 25% of the diamonds in the world . The kimberlite pipe "Mir" (Peace) is an indigenous diamond mine that had been opened in 1955. The field was developed initially at Mirny where an open pit mine and processing plant were created. The quarry has a depth of 525 m and a diameter of 1.2 km, so it is one of the largest in the world. Diamondiferous kimberlite ore open pit mining ceased in June 2001. Since 2009, mining diamond ore is done in the "Mir" underground mine.