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.

5 Tourism in USSR

Tourism in USSR

Ok, speaking about cold river kayaking, here we find a set of Soviet era photos of people traveling around. In the USSR a person, as a rule, couldn't travel abroad so most of population travelled inside the country. The country had
different places to offer - people could climb mountains, kayak and raft in rivers, ride skis or simply go camping. All this can be seen in these widescreen, mostly color, photos of Soviet tourism.  

1 Rafting in Ice Cold Water

Rafting in Ice Cold Water

I've noticed that rafting has become more and more popular in Russia recently. People who live in big cities try to go to the rivers out in the country. Sometimes they go rafting in the ice cold water while snow remains on the ground. Rafts overturn - people fall into the water,
they're hit by waves and the strong river streams. This is an example of river raft racing in the Sayani mountains in Siberia. Rafts got overturned, people fell into the water, snow is still on the ground - the water could be close to zero Celsius. Cold!

0 Siberia of Early 20th Century on Postcards

Siberia of Early 20th Century on Postcards

Vintage views of Siberia on postcards published in St. Petersburg by a publishing house with a Chinese name. Drawings on the postcards were made by a Russian, award
winning artist, and member of the Russian artists society. The estimate date of the views depicted is the beginning of the 20th century. Pictures are clickable.

24 On the Border of Chechnya and Georgia

On the Border of Chechnya and Georgia

There was a war here 20 years ago. Now
everything looks peaceful and beautiful.

3 Walking Around the Kremlin

Walking Around the Kremlin

Earlier today we had a flight around the Kremlin in an army helicopter, now we have a walk around the Kremlin. Ever
wondered how one actually sees this red building not on a postcard but when he finds himself around it?

1 Enisei River, Eighty Years Ago

Enisei River, Eighty Years Ago

More photos of olden times from the Enisei river. Deer, fishing, handmade
boats, wooden hospitals, wooden kids cradles and other stuff is inside.

2 Steel Production of Ural Metallurgy

Steel Production of Ural Metallurgy

The Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company - one of the largest vertically integrated holdings in Russia, which is based on the
principle of a closed process chain: from raw materials to finished products. Main products are cast iron, steel and rolled.

1 Stronger Winds in Omsk

Stronger Winds in Omsk

Omsk, Russia, had some stronger winds today, April 26th.  I find the winds of such
force and speed to be quite not typical for this city and in this time of the year.

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