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Studying plants at hot springs in Kamchatka

Kamchatka is famous for its volcanic activity which can be seen in the high number of active volcanoes, earthquakes and an abundance of different geothermal features, like geysers and geothermal springs. Every hot spring is unique in its formation and chemical composition of the waters; Kamchatka hosts 236 clusters of hot springs! The warm waters are a popular destination on …

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FROM KAMCHATKA EXPLORER MAGAZINE: The Volcanoes of Kamchatka: Southern Group

Vilyuchinsky Volcano’s regular cone, visible across Avacha Bay from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, even from a distance stirs ones imagination with its majesty and splendor. Dazzling white in winter or grey and white from alternate lines of rock edges and snow paths in summer, Viluchinsky is a true gem of Avacha Bay. Its view is set off by steam pillars, produced by two …

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FROM KAMCHATKA EXPLORER MAGAZINE: Watching Seabirds and Sea Mammals in Komandorsky Federal Nature Reserve

The islands are reachable from Petropavlovsk either by small plane twice a week or by boat (with no fixed schedule). But both methods may be unreliable due to capricious weather. The only inhabited settlement on the archipelago – Nikolskoye village – is located on Bering Island. Medny has been abandoned but evidence still remains of the formerly populated Preobrazhenskoye village …

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Nobody’s River: Another Reason to Celebrate

The journey planned is rarely the journey taken. The Nobody’s River expedition team had no idea how true this would be as they prepared to leave for a two-month expedition in Mongolia and Russia. Today, the team released the trailer to their film that documents their journey along the Amur River, one of the few remaining free-flowing rivers of the …

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Chasing Rainbows in the wild, wild east of Russia. By Michael Hamilton

“Spasiba Igor.”  “Pazhalsta Michael,” Igor replied as he expertly netted another big shouldered, beautifully black spotted Kamchatka rainbow.  After removing the streamer from the trout’s huge mouth, Igor laid it gently on his measure board.  “25 inches.  Big fish.”  Barely noon, on a warm humid August day, we had already repeated the same routine ten times on the amazing Ozernaya …

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Russia’s Far East: Immense Flyfishing Frontier beyond Alaska By Rene Limeres

A new fly fishing frontier of great promise has been quietly developing in the last twenty years, unbeknownst to many.  Located virtually at America’s back door, only a few hours by plane from Anchorage, Alaska, Russia’s Far East- immense, mystiqueful and misunderstood, holds a universe of opportunity that has been barely tapped.  Most of its hinterlands remain totally unspoiled and …