Amderma had been one of the big Soviet fluorite deposits before WWII. After the war many more deposits were found and this one was closed. But instead it started to develop as a base for the Arctic region research. They built a bigger airport and in the 60s the new radar station P-70 Lena-M was constructed near the settlement whose population reached 15000 people then. Everything started to decay after the collapse of the USSR. Today the number of people living here is equal to 350 only…
One can get to Amderma only by plane An-24.
That yellow building is the airport.
There are plenty of empty tanks here, big and small, they were used for diesel fuel.
High piles of metal scrap.
Some examples are rather interesting – some foreign crane or a wing of a plane. There is even a small cemetery of aircrafts here.
Like it is often done in the north, the houses are painted brightly.
Most of them are abandoned.
Amderma is situated in the permafrost zone so all buildings stand on piles. In summer the soil in many places becomes swampy.
Some of the houses were destructed by earth movement. They either collapsed or stand full of cracks.
Though some houses have been restored and painted. They have a kindergarten, two schools and a gym.
Monument to those locals who died in the time of the war.
Monument to the Mig-17.
This one is assembled from metal sheets, it’s not real.
Soviet posters and slogans… (“Kindergarten”).
Lenin St., 13.
Polyarnaya St., 13.
Polar station Amderma founded in 1933.
The former weather station.
The ruined industrial zone of Amderma – territory of the fluorite extracting company of the 80s.
Permafrost research laboratory. Closed, as you can see. Its equipment is still preserved but its mine was flooded and got frozen.
There are many crawler vehicles in the settlement. The wheeled ones do not suit the place. When no vehicles can be used, they use deer.
There are so many cats here! And some dogs can even drive! The biggest animal that can be met in Amderma is a polar bear.
Does Amderma have future? Probably it does. It won’t be the military one, but sooner extracting. If the local oil and gas shelf starts to be developed, people will come back here and bring life back again.