I am trying to make a sort of Yakutsk Live Photostream. Daily I take new mobile pictures of Yakutsk (Yakutia/Russia) and upload them instantly to my Twitpic account. Updates are automatically published on Twitter @yakutia. So, do follow me, if interested.
A few months ago, the native cloth festival was held in the Siberian city of Yakutsk. Precisely, it took place in March 2010.
A friend of mine, Ajar Varlamov visited that event and brought fantastic pictures of so-called Siberian cold protection clothes, in other words, regular winter fur clothes of the nomadic Even people. Immediately, I posted them on my other blog eYakutia.com – English Yakutia.
Here I present a few of those gorgeous images dedicated solely to Even mittens. Beautiful, aren’t they?
Just remembered all cold regions, apart from Russia, are going to celebrate Christmas pretty soon! Here are my wishes to you.
Don’t complain about the cold weather, if it happened on your side. Look at my X-mas iPhone video greeting (a sort of) done, while I was standing on the crossroad in front of Yakutsk City Hall this morning. The outdoor temperature was -44C. Presume it is much colder than yours
Take care! Have fun! Take your time to find the best gifts in stores! Enjoy the X-mas fever!
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Below is another news story about Sergey Zimov‘s research results.
Who is Sergey Zimov? He is well-known scientiest in my region, the director of the Northeast Science Station in Chersky (see on the map) in the Russian Republic of Sakha in northeastern Siberia.
Mr. Zimov is the most cited by international media. When you hear anything about climate changes’ affects on Siberia’s Arctic, Pleistocene ecosystem in the northern steppes as well as the re-establishment of a grassland ecosystem known as Pleistocene Park in the way of its existence during the Pleistocene period, just know that the major resource of all these newsbreaking stories is Sergey Zimov, a Russian scientiest in the Northeastern Siberia.
This time, precisely yesterday, his scientific computation was featured in Associated Press’ Leaking Siberian ice raises a tricky climate issue.
Mr. Zimov gave Arthur Max, an AP reporter, evidences to some scientists’ beliefs of thawing permafrost could become the epicenter of climate change as 1.5 trillion tons of carbon, locked inside icebound earth since the age of mammoths, might be a climate time bomb waiting to explode if released into the atmosphere.
Arthur Max’s story:
CHERSKY, Russia – The Russian scientist shuffles across the frozen lake, scuffing aside ankle-deep snow until he finds a cluster of bubbles trapped under the ice. With a cigarette lighter in one hand and a knife in the other, he lances the ice like a blister. Methane whooshes out and bursts into a thin blue flame.
Gas locked inside Siberia’s frozen soil and under its lakes has been seeping out since the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago. But in the past few decades, as the Earth has warmed, the icy ground has begun thawing more rapidly, accelerating the release of methane — a greenhouse gas 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide — at a perilous rate.
What type of winter are we, residents of Yakutsk, going to have in a month? Temperatures around minus 40 and 50 degrees Centigrade are for sure. Thick fog. Extreme cold weather is a essential part of the daily winter life of the Siberian city of Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city. Some says it is the same, if living in a freezer. Well, maybe. Never been in a freezer
Words won’t be enough to give you a precise feeling. Perhaps, the following winter street photographs I took the last winter will provide you with some ideas. Take a look. (more…)
My photo of women waiting for a bus in Yakutsk in winter was published in “The Encyclopedia of Weather & Climate Change. A Complete Visual Guide.” Can you believe it? Aaaah. I don’t. This is like a dream.
Funny, but a year ago, when I received Mr. Lachlan McLaine’s message titled “Image query”, I didn’t pay much attention to it. Actually, I did, but I couldn’t realize how big the project Mr. McLaine mentioned was, though he wrote that he was currently working as a project editor on a book titled “The Encyclopedia of Weather”. He said, “It’s a big project with an emphasis on good informative photos and illustrations.”
At that moment, his words didn’t mean anything special to me. I was just an ordinary Siberian guy, who was voluntarily developing YakutiaToday.com, the website dedicated to my lovely Siberian region called the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). And here I received the message saying “The picture wanted.”
First, I was just happy at the fact that my old picture posted on the mentioned web resource deserved any attention. Second, I said, “Why not? Take it, but, please, give the link to my site.” Third, I asked Mr. McLaine, “Is it possible to get one copy?” My intention was simple, I wanted to practice my English. My weather terminology is still weak, you know.
One year passed, and here we are. See further what was the final result. I am so happy. I am ready to repeat “Thank you, Mr. McLaine!” as many as possible. This post is one of my ways of saying “Thank!” (more…)
This is the trailer of Nikolay Evstifeev’s documentary “THE WINTER ROAD. The Land of Fierce…” about the sever work in Siberia’s Yakutia. Here you can see how hard ordinary people’s work can be in the hardest part of Siberia. The documentary won The Best Directing Award at The 17th Saint Anna Film Festival and The Best Cinematography Award at The 29th VGIK Film Festival. Btw, Anton Safronov was a camera man.
The documentary is about Yakutia, the sever land of truckers, gold miners, hunters, and oil industry workers. Extreme conditions are revealed in every capture. Survival at minus 50 degrees Celsius, the road on the frozen river, people’s attitude to nature, wild life… and PEOPLE without false manners and any compromises.
“This movie is very sincere! This is a real big documentary!” said Michael Porechenkov, the chairman of the 29th VGIK Film Festival jury, a famous Russian actor. (more…)
Pole of Cold: Oymyakon
1 km from Oymyakon, Sakha (Yakutiya) russia
Oymyakon: Coldest town on earth
Is it dangerous to travel to Oymyakon, the Pole of Cold in winter?
Read more: AskYakutia.com