Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Not far from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky there is a Mutnovsky geothermal power plant, which is the biggest of its kind in Russia.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

The geothermal power plant includes facilities with lots of pipes around. Believe it or not, in winter everything here is snowed under.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

The operation scheme is quite simple. They pump water deep underground through specially drilled-in holes. Then the water reaches naturally heated layers of the Earth crust and percolating through hot granite, keeps getting hot until it evaporates. After that,  the water goes back up through another parallel hole.

Then the hot water goes to the power plant heat exchanger, where its energy is translated into power.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Geothermal power plants are renewable energy sources with no emissions. However,  they are so rarely used around the world.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

This is a sulfuric acid sedimentation tank.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

These are hostels for workers. They are uplifted so high because of the snow depth.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Malaya Valley of Geysers is just 500 meters away from the geothermal power plant. One can see it from far away by its steam columns.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

It seems that the whole valley was developed for power engineering and just this piece of land with geysers was left for tourists.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

These pools are better to stay away from because they may contain alkali or acid.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Reactions are continuous and sometimes these fountains form holes in the ground.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Here’s the geyser. Looks like a pipe break.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

In fact, these are not geysers. Geysers are springs which periodically eject hot water. In the world there are just few places where you can find geysers: Bolshaya Valley of Geysers in Kronotskiy Reserve and Yellowstone, Iceland, New Zealand, Chile, Bolivia, Tibet, Pakistan, and Hungary.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Hot water brings up clay from the bowels of the earth. Some people think that it has a rejuvenating effect, and it may be true.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

The cold water of this melting snow delutes the hot water from the undergroung. Down the hill there is a place for swimming. The water there is cold but not ice.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

This is a regular landscape one can see approaching a volcano.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Another picture “from Mars”

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

This is a whole world…

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

… located on just 100 square metes of land.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Local people call these springs ‘Dachnie’.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

The valley is situated at the foot of the ‘Mutnovskiy’ volcano.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

It looks like a parallel world or future from a computer game, where people use water steam whenever they can.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

This is a reservoir with acid. Stay away from it!

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

The water was evaporating and the steam was turning turquoise.

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

Malaya Valley Of Geysers And Geothermal Power Plant

In Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky there are more places to see and more picks to climb. That’s for sure.

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