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One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Norilsk is the world’s Northernmost city with a population over 100,000 people. Here are some photos of Norilsk taken from above. Due to its smog and acid rain pollution it’s sometimes called the dirtiest Russian city, and the temperatures here can be -40 in winter. The Russian blogger, Slava, made a trip to Norilsk in June and was surprised that it still had snow in some parts of the city.

 

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Norilsk is located in the north of the Krasnoyarsk region, it owes its existence to the construction of the world largest mining and metal producing plant.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Norilsk is the world’s second largest city (by population) situated in the Arctic circle (after Murmansk).

 In general, it is home for over 170 thousand people. You might be surprised to know that the city is inhabited not only by rotation workers but by generations of families who have never wanted to leave despite the severe climate. And the climate is severe indeed – in winter the temperature may fall to -50C.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 The city has polar days and polar nights. A polar day lasts about two months (the sun goes in circles without touching the horizon), and a polar night lasts about 1,5 months (it’s absolutely dark outside and people never switch their lights off).

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 The main entrance to Norilsk.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Norilsk buildings erected on permafrost soil.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Stalin’s houses were destroyed because they became unhabitable rather soon.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 City districts are divided according to periods of construction.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Lenin’s avenue – the central street of Norilsk.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Some buildings resemble the ones of Saint-Petersburg, it’s because a number of Petersburg’s architects participated in the city construction projects.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 “Norilsk” hotel.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 “Arena-Norilsk” – shopping, sports and entertainment complex of the city.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Dolgoye Lake used as a cooling reservoir for the local thermal plant.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Drama Theater.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Bus station.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Schmidt mount.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Nickel plant.

 A number of Norilsk plants produce plenty of poisonous emissions into atmosphere which result in the catastrophic ecological situation in the city…

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 This district had a city status since 1982 to 2005 due to the open coal-mining field.

 One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

 Further city development was connected with construction of a smelter.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

And here it is.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

It is located twelve kilometers from Norilsk.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

The smelter recycles pyrrhotite, copper and nickel concentrates.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Spray ponds of the smelter.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

They are used for melting units cooling.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Ready products of the smelter: nis material, anode copper, elemental sulphur.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Copper plant.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

The plant produces about 300 thousands of electrolytic copper annually. Other ready products of the plant are sulfuric acid and sulphur.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Abandoned settlement Alykel was previously inhabited by military pilots.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

These houses are still inhabited.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Thermal plant.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

City bridge.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

City mines.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Domestic airport.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Such houses serve as tourists camps.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Tundra.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Dudinka. The northernmost international sea port in Russia and the largest one in Siberia.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Dudinka is the only world port annually flooded in the period of spring ice floating.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

The main regional transport hub that supports vital activity of the whole district and the Norilsk industry.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Traffic performance of the port terminals – 25 thousand tons daily. Annual turnover of the port is approximately three million tons.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

In spring the port terminals are flooded and all equipment is evacuated.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Loading of containers.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Summer navigation lasts from June to October for 130 days. Winter navigation is provided by icebreaking fleet.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Cars transportation.

One of the most severe cities on Earth from above

Yes, it’s exactly how June looks like in the Russian north.

 

Source: englishrussia.com

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