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Culture Kondyor Massif of Eastern Siberia

The Kondyor Massif is a perfectly circular geological formation in Eastern Siberia, Russia, roughly 600 km west-to-southwest of Okhotsk, or some 570 km south-east of Yakutsk. From space it looks like……

Culture The Humble Sources of 10 Major Rivers

The source or headwaters of a river, defined as the furthest place in that river from its estuary or confluence with another river, is an elusive concept. On a colloquial basis, some define the source……

Culture Krubera Cave – The World’s Deepest Cave

Krubera Cave, also known as Voronya Cave (Russian for Crows Cave) is the deepest known cave on Earth. It is located in the Arabika Massif, one of the largest high-mountain limestone karst massifs in t……

Anecdote World War II’s Other Iconic Photo: Raising A Flag Over The Reichstag

When photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the picture of five US marines and a Navy sailor raising the American flag over the battle-scarred Japanese island of Iwo Jima, he could not have anticipated th……

Culture The Rock Pillars Of Krasnoyarsk Stolby Nature Reserve

Krasnoyarsk Stolby Nature Reserve is located on the southern bank of the Yenisei River, bordering the city of Krasnoyarsk, in Russia. The main attraction of the park is its towering stone pillars that……

Culture Sail Rock, Russia

Sail Rock, also known as Parus Rock, is a natural sandstone monolith located on the shore of the Black Sea, in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, about 17 km from the resort city of Gelendzhik. The rock is absol……

Anecdote Modern Potemkin Villages

In 1787, Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia, was scheduled for a grand tour of the newly acquired lands of Crimea and New Russianow part of Ukrainewhich she gained by defeating the Ottoman Emp……

Anecdote Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin’s Color Photographs of Pre-Revolution Russia

Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky was a Russian chemist and photographer, best known for his pioneering work in color photography during the early 20th century. His priceless color photographs docum……

Anecdote The Secret World of Number Stations

Back in the days of Cold War espionage, foreign intelligence agencies used to communicate with agents on the field via shortwave radio. Radio transmitters placed at secret locations around the world w……

Culture Kondyor Massif of Eastern Siberia

The Kondyor Massif is a perfectly circular geological formation in Eastern Siberia, Russia, roughly 600 km west-to-southwest of Okhotsk, or some 570 km south-east of Yakutsk. From space it looks like……

Anecdote Saatse Boot: A Russia-Estonia Border Anomaly

In southeast Estonia, in the municipality of Värska Parish, lies a peculiar border irregularity. A small piece of Russian land called the Saatse Bootso called because of its boot shaped intrusion juts……

Culture Krubera Cave – The World’s Deepest Cave

Krubera Cave, also known as Voronya Cave (Russian for Crows Cave) is the deepest known cave on Earth. It is located in the Arabika Massif, one of the largest high-mountain limestone karst massifs in t……

Culture 7 Most Spectacular Spits on Earth

In geography, spit is a landform made by the deposition of sand by the movement of tides. Spits are narrow and elongated one end is attached to the mainland and the other is out in open water. A spit……

Culture A Gorgeous Ice Cave in Kamchatka

This surreal-looking ice cave is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. The almost kilometer long tunnel was formed by a hot water spring flowing beneath the glacial ice fields on the flanks of……

Culture A Gorgeous Ice Cave in Kamchatka

This surreal-looking ice cave is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. The almost kilometer long tunnel was formed by a hot water spring flowing beneath the glacial ice fields on the flanks of……

Culture Valley of Geysers in Kamchatka, Russia

The Valley of Geysers, located in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia is the only geyser field in Eurasia and the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. Approximately 200 geysers exist in……

Anecdote The Fabulous Fabergé Eggs of The Russian Imperial Family

Easter is the most important celebration for Russian orthodox Christians, just like Christmas is in the West. Devoted Christians bring hand-painted eggs to the Church to be blessed, and then present t……

Culture Valley of Geysers in Kamchatka, Russia

The Valley of Geysers, located in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia is the only geyser field in Eurasia and the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. Approximately 200 geysers exist in……

Anecdote Shigir Idol: The World’s Oldest Wooden Sculpture

In the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum of Local Lore in Yekaterinburg, Russia, is a 9 feet tall wooden statue enclosed in a glass box. Called the Shigir Idol, it is the most ancient wooden sculpture in the……

Culture Oymyakon, the Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth

Oymyakon is a small village located in the north-eastern Russian Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). It is commonly considered the coldest populated place on Earth. Situated in the heart of Siberia an area n……

Anecdote The Children’s Railways of Soviet Russia

In the outskirts of Budapest, through the scenic Buda hills, run a short, narrow-gauge railway line called Gyermekvasút, which is Hungarian for Children's Railway. But Gyermekvasút is not a toy train……

Culture Chara Sands: Miniature Desert in the Freezing Cold of Siberia

Just 40 kilometers from the Kodar Glaciers in Kalar district of Trans-Baikal region, right next to the snow-capped mountains and the limitless sea of taiga spotted with blue lakes and huge ice fields,……

Culture Lena’s Stone Forest

Lena's Pillars, also called Lenas Stone Forest, is a natural rock formation about 60 km upriver from Yakutsk, in Russia. The amazing stone structures towers over 150 meters in height and extends along……

Anecdote Soviet Russia’s Secret Failed Moon Program

After the United States beat the Russians in the race to the moon in the late 70s of the last century, the Soviet lunar program was covered up and forgotten. These rare photos are from a lab inside th……

Culture Orda Cave: World's Longest Underwater Gypsum Cave in Russia

A team of daring cave divers working on Orda Cave Awareness Project have produced an incredible series of photos of the longest underwater gypsum crystal cave in the world. Located near Orda village i……