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Ural Mountains – Backbone of Russia

Ural Mountains - Backbone of Russia

Ural Mountains – Backbone of Russia

The Ural Mountains form a natural boundary between Europe and Asia, a boundary that links, rather than separates. Stretching from the icy Arctic Ocean in the north to the blast-furnace heat of semi-desert in the south, the Ural mountain range has traditionally been known as “the backbone of Russia”.
There are many legends about the Urals; one of the most famous concerns the Lady of Copper Mountain. She lives in the form of a small lizard with a diamond crown on her head – the queen and custodian of the underground Ural kingdom. Whenever she meets travelers who truly love the Urals, she changes into a charming woman and guides them around her realm, proudly revealing where the richest ores and semi-precious stones are hidden.
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Kazakhstan – beautiful country

Kazakhstan – beautiful country

Kazakhstan – beautiful country


Kazakhstan lies in the center of western Asia, with a small part of the northwestern corner of the country in Europe. Its official name is Republic of Kazakhstan. Its area is 2,717,300 square kilometers. Kazakhstan borders China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. The border between Kazakhstan and Russia is the longest continuous land border in the world (7 512.8 kilometers). The Caspian and the Aral Seas are partially within the republic.
Kazakhstan’s climate is extremely continental, with cold winters and hot summers. The Kyzyl Kum and the Betpaqdala are the largest deserts. Only a few scrub plants grow in these areas.
Representatives of about 120 ethnic groups live in Kazakhstan.
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Most polluted places on the planet

Most polluted places on the planet

Most polluted places on the planet


It is known that the main source of environmental pollution is heavy metals. Getting into the human body, they stay there forever and cause oncological diseases leading to early death. Neighborhood with chemical plants, and especially improperly recycled wastes, significantly reduces the lives of employees and people living nearby. And, of course, the consequences of radiation and chemical disasters, as well as tests of weapons of mass destruction destroy the nature.
Chernobyl is officially recognized as the dirtiest and most dangerous city on our planet. Almost no one lives there, but the inhabitants of neighboring villages and settlements are still affected by the consequences of the disaster.
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Veliky Novgorod – great city

Veliky Novgorod – great city

Veliky Novgorod – great city


Once upon a time, Ilmen Slavs lived near the shores of Lake Ilmen. They built Veliky Novgorod, which was first mentioned in the chronicle in 859. Convenient waterways contributed to the development of trade links of Novgorod. By the end of the X century Novgorod had become a rich trading city. Fur and leather, wax and honey, flax, lard, walrus tiles were exported to Western Europe. The rich and active population of Novgorod limited the prince’s power. Rich boyars were the lords in Novgorod and ruled it themselves. Their arbitrariness sometimes caused rebellions in a city inhabited by craftsmen: masons, potters, shoemakers, gunsmiths, etc. Internal struggle weakened Novgorod.
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Australia – amazing country

Australia – amazing country

Australia – amazing country


Australia is an island continent and the world’s sixth largest country. Australia is situated in the Southern Hemisphere southeast of Asia, between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Its area is 7,686,300 square kilometers. Its official name is Commonwealth of Australia. The Latin name of Australia Terra Australis Incognita, which means Unknown southern land, appeared even during the reign of the Roman Empire.
Australia is a federation of six states and two territories. The largest State, Western Australia, is about the same size as Western Europe.
Australia is the flattest continent in the world. The highest point on mainland is Mount Kosciusko (2,229 meters) and the highest point in Australian territory is Mawson Peak (2,745 meters).
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Gobi – mysterious desert

Gobi – mysterious desert

Gobi – mysterious desert


The Gobi is one of the greatest deserts of the world. It stretches from Northern China to South-East Mongolia. Its area is 1,300,000 square kilometers and this is more than the area of Peru. The word “gobi” means “waterless place” in Mongolian. The regions of the Gobi Desert, as commonly believed, have been virtually unchanged and anhydrous for 65 million years.
Since ancient times this desert was called Shamo desert.
The Gobi climate is sharply continental: the winter is very cold (the temperature drops to -55 ° C), and the summer is hot (the temperature rises to +58 ° C).
To prevent the expansion of the desert the government of China is implementing the project Green Chinese Wall. This is the largest greening project in the history of mankind.
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Alexandrian Column – miracle of engineering calculation

Alexandrian Column - miracle of engineering calculation

Alexandrian Column – miracle of engineering calculation


Alexandrian Column (Alexander Column) is on the main square of St. Petersburg.
In the late 20s of the XIX century, an open tender was announced. The French architect and engineer Auguste de Montferrand won it. Nicholas I insisted that the main part of the monument should be similar to the column of the emperor Trajan in Rome or the Vendome column in Paris, only higher and made from the monolith.
A granite rock, found in Finland, was used for the monolith. A prism, much larger than the size of the future column, was cut off from the rock. Huge stones for the foundation of the monument were cut down from the same rock. The largest weighed about 400 tons. They were taken to St. Petersburg by water, on a special barge.
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