Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Every year people burn their feet in the Valley of Geysers and caldera of Uzon volcano. For some reason, they are mostly Russians, not foreigners. They do not pay attention to the warnings.  But what about bears? They cannot read the instructions and wooden decks are built not for them. And they do not wear shoes..

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

For millions of years of evolution animals have learnt to use heat for their own good. Some birds make their nests on the warm ground, the volcanic soil works like an incubator. Nestling grows faster and begin flying earlier, they have more chances for survival.

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears are also smart enough to use the heat of the volcano for their own good. They like to eat the first grass appearing on the warm soil. On some days 20 or 30 bears can accumulate at one place of the valley. It’s unique even for Kamchatka.

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

They like to warm up here in bad weather. April, May and even beginning of June are quite cold in the region. On such days bears lie on the warm volcanic ground. They even have their favorite places on the slopes.

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Experienced animals move along the valley quite confidently. At the hottest places they step on the wooden decks made for tourists. They also step on large stones sticking out of the hot water.

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Though young bears have to study first to avoid troubles. This one has burnt its paw.

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Gorilla bear

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

On the picture above are thermophilic algae and micro-organisms in the Valley of Geysers.

Due to the volcanic heat a unique living world has formed in the Valley.

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

If we look closer at them…

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Bears In the Valley of Geysers

Thermophilic algae impacts the color of a geyserite. This one has a malachite color, for example.

And do not worry, we are going to come back to Kamchatka soon!

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2 thoughts on “Bears In the Valley of Geysers”

  1. As a tourist while walking across the wooden decks, I wouldn’t want to come across one of these bears. Get ripped apart or throw myself in one of the geysers, hmmm?

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