Voices from Russia

Monday, 23 December 2013

23 December 2013. A Photo Essay. Our Great Russian Motherland… At the Top of the World… Vrangel Island

00 Vrangel Island RF. 01. Polar Bears. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 02. Musk Oxen. 07.12.13

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00 vrangel Island RF. 03. Bird w Chick. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 04. Snow Fox and Snow Goose. 07.12.13

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00 vrangel Island RF. 05. Snowy Owl. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 06. Polar Bears. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 07. Snow Foxes. 07.12.13

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00 vrangel Island RF. 08. Snowy Owl. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 09. Snow Fox. 07.12.13

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00 Vrangel Island RF. 010. Polar Bear. 07.12.13

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Vrangel Island is in the Far North, in the Chukchi Sea, near the Bering Strait, administratively part of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug… that is, it’s near Alaska (but Sarah Palin can’t see it from her house… silly wabbit). It’s a large island, being some 7,600 square kilometres (2,930 square miles) in extent. To give you some perspective on its size, Long Island (including Brooklyn and Queens) is 1,401 square miles (3,630 square kilometres), roughly half its area. However, Long Island has 7.7 million inhabitants (5400/sq mi, 2,100/sq km), whilst Vrangel is almost uninhabited, having only two small settlements due to the severe polar climate. The Vrangel Island Federal Strict Nature Reserve takes up the entire territory of the island, in addition to nearby Gerald Island, and includes 40 kilometres (25 miles) of the waters immediately offshore the islands. The island is the northernmost UNESCO World Heritage Site.

BMD

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