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Yakutia, The Land of Pristine Nature

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Yakutia is the coldest inhabited region in the Northern hemisphere. In January, the temperature in the village of Oimyakon can drop to minus 71 degrees Celsius (minus 95.8 Fahrenheit). Pictured: Sunset near Oimyakon.

Yakutia is the coldest inhabited region in the Northern hemisphere. In January, the temperature in the village of Oimyakon can drop to minus 71 degrees Celsius (minus 95.8 Fahrenheit). Pictured: Sunset near Oimyakon.

© Flickr / Maarten TakensYakutia is the coldest inhabited region in the Northern hemisphere. In January, the temperature in the village of Oimyakon can drop to minus 71 degrees Celsius (minus 95.8 Fahrenheit). Pictured: Sunset near Oimyakon.
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Yakutia is the coldest inhabited region in the Northern hemisphere. In January, the temperature in the village of Oimyakon can drop to minus 71 degrees Celsius (minus 95.8 Fahrenheit). Pictured: Sunset near Oimyakon.
© RIA Novosti . Valery Shustov / Go to the photo bankThe indigenous nomadic peoples who live in Yakutia rely heavily on raising deer.
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The indigenous nomadic peoples who live in Yakutia rely heavily on raising deer.
© RIA Novosti . Alexander Utkin / Go to the photo bankHowever, Yakutia has its industrial side, too: 98 percent of all diamonds mined in Russia come from Yakutia – 35 percent of the total global diamond production.
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However, Yakutia has its industrial side, too: 98 percent of all diamonds mined in Russia come from Yakutia – 35 percent of the total global diamond production.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Viatkin / Go to the photo bankDiamonds were mined in open pits for 44 years. Pictured: The Mir diamond pipe mine.
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Diamonds were mined in open pits for 44 years. Pictured: The Mir diamond pipe mine.
© RIA Novosti . Bolot Bochkareov / Go to the photo bankThe city of Yakutsk experiences some of the most extreme weather on the planet.
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The city of Yakutsk experiences some of the most extreme weather on the planet.
© RIA Novosti . Yevgeny Yepanchintsev / Go to the photo bankMost of Yakutia is forested, but the territory also has tundra, wooded tundra and arctic desert.
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Most of Yakutia is forested, but the territory also has tundra, wooded tundra and arctic desert.
© RIA Novosti . V. Yakovlev / Go to the photo bankThere was a time when fur from Yakutia was called “soft gold,” as it was the region’s main source of income.
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There was a time when fur from Yakutia was called “soft gold,” as it was the region’s main source of income.
© RIA Novosti . V. Yakovlev / Go to the photo bankThe helicopter is the main form of transportation in Yakutia.
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The helicopter is the main form of transportation in Yakutia.
© RIA Novosti . Sergey Subbotin / Go to the photo bankAfter diamond mining, coal is Yakutia’s second most important industry. The Elga coal deposit in Yakutia is Russia’s largest and one of the largest in the world.
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After diamond mining, coal is Yakutia’s second most important industry. The Elga coal deposit in Yakutia is Russia’s largest and one of the largest in the world.
© RIA Novosti . Valery Choustov / Go to the photo bankTimber also plays an important economic role in the region.
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Timber also plays an important economic role in the region.
© RIA Novosti . Boris Babanov / Go to the photo bankYsyakh is the Yakut New Year celebration – marked with prayers, hearty food, games, dances and horse races. It reportedly retained its authenticity throughout the Soviet era.
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Ysyakh is the Yakut New Year celebration – marked with prayers, hearty food, games, dances and horse races. It reportedly retained its authenticity throughout the Soviet era.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Babushkin / Go to the photo bankThe small town Tiksi is located above the Arctic Circle. It was founded in 1933 as a point on the northern sea route.
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The small town Tiksi is located above the Arctic Circle. It was founded in 1933 as a point on the northern sea route.
© RIA Novosti . Anton Denisov / Go to the photo bankThe Lenskiye Stolby national park is located in the Lena’s middle basin. The unusual rock formations are the result of processes related to permafrost.
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The Lenskiye Stolby national park is located in the Lena’s middle basin. The unusual rock formations are the result of processes related to permafrost.
© RIA Novosti . Rouslan Krivobok / Go to the photo bankYakutia, which boasts an amazing variety of flora and fauna, is one of the few places in the world where the nature is preserved in its pure, pristine state. The territory of Yakutia, over 90 percent is either totally unaffected or only slightly affected by industrial development, represents an untainted ecosystem conditioned only by natural processes.
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Yakutia, which boasts an amazing variety of flora and fauna, is one of the few places in the world where the nature is preserved in its pure, pristine state. The territory of Yakutia, over 90 percent is either totally unaffected or only slightly affected by industrial development, represents an untainted ecosystem conditioned only by natural processes.
© RIA Novosti . Anatoly Falamov / Go to the photo bankMost of Russia’s roughly 700,000 rivers and 800,000 lakes are located in Yakutia. The total length of all the rivers in Yakutia put together is more than 2 million kilometers.
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Most of Russia’s roughly 700,000 rivers and 800,000 lakes are located in Yakutia. The total length of all the rivers in Yakutia put together is more than 2 million kilometers.
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