Life in the tundra

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The Nenets, indigenous people living in northern arctic Russia, are reindeer herders, migrating across the Yamal peninsula, thriving for more than a millennium with temperatures from minus 50°C in winter to 35°C in summer. Their annual migration of over a 1000 km includes a 48 km crossing of the frozen waters of the Ob River.

“If you don’t drink warm blood and eat fresh meat, you are doomed to die on the tundra”.

The discovery of oil and gas reserves in the 1970s and the expanding infrastructure on the peninsula, has challenged their indigenous lifestyle. From the late Stalin period, all children have been enrolled in Soviet boarding schools, this has become a part of the typical Nenets life cycle.

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The Eerie Crater Lake of Kawah Putih

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Kawah Putih (White Crater) is a striking lake and tourist spot in a volcanic crater in West Java in Indonesia. The smell of sulfur is strong because there is a good deal of steam and sulfurous gas bubbling from the lake. Around the lake there are tracks and through the nearby forest including to the peak of Mt Patuha.

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Most Bizarre Creatures on Earth

With researchers discovering new animals every day it can be nearly impossible to keep up with all the wonderfully weird animals on earth. Here’s a look at some strange creatures you may have never seen before.

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Cherry Blossoms at Night

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A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura. Cherry blossom is speculated to be native to the Himalayas. Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere such as: Europe, West Siberia, South Korea, China, Japan, United States, etc. Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit.

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The Twisted Trees of Slope Point

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Slope Point is the southernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand. The area is frequently knocked with strong and chilling winds from Antarctica. Consequently, trees there grow leaning toward the north. The land around Slope Point is used for sheep farming and it remains uninhabited by humans. The distorted mini-forest was planted to serve as a shelter for the sheep.

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