Our Beautiful World

    Kamchatka, Russia   norsk tekst

The first thing you think of when you take a look at Asia on a world-map, is that Asia seems
to be the largest land-mass on earth. From Europe far to the west, and all the way towards
the Pacific Ocean to the east. Way out there, on the other side of the Sea of Okhotsk,
before you come to the Bering Sea and Alaska, a peninsula drops down southwards from
the last bit of Asia. That is the Kamchatka Peninsula. And so what?

Just in case you didn't know - you have come to one of the worlds last wilderness, with wild
mountains, living and dead volcanoes, geysirs, waterfalls, lakes, glaciers, trees, bushes, bears,
birds and just a few people.

Kamchatka stretches out 1.200 kilometers from north to south, and it does not have the
mildest climate on earth. During winter I'd prefer to go somewhere further south....
But of course, if you hit one of the 28 active volcanoes there, you might find a warm
place to stay.....

During summer-time the area is visited by numerous of tourist, by canoes, helicopters
and 4-wheel-vehicles, and noone will ever forget that experience. It is not easy to
get to Kamchatka, and once there it is not easy to get ashore either, with mountain-
cliffs all around, often occupied by fur-seals and sea lions. And down through the peninsula
is a huge mountain-range. That's where all the volcanoes are.

Just as Alaska has its Valley of 10.000 smokes, Kamchatka has its Valley of Geysirs. And often
the temperature of those geysirs lies just below the boiling-point, that is between 96 and 99°C.

Russian explorers reached Siberia's Pacific coast in 1637, and the Kamchatka Peninsula by
1697. Heavy colonization of Kamchatka began early in the 19th century, and in 1904 the
Trans-Siberian Railroad opened, linking Europe to Vladivostok (and China).

And the people of Kamchatka? Just like people anywhere else....:

 0. Main menu
 2. Where on Earth is Kamchatka?
 3. Animals - Wildlife
 4. Birds - Birding
 5. Flora - Flowers
 6. Sealife
 7. Valley of Geysers
 8. The Volcanoes of Kamchatka
 9. The Forests in Kamchatka
10. The Indigenous People of Kamchatka
11. Vitus Bering, explorer
12. Georg Steller, naturalist

English Text, covering:
Natural Resources
Sustainable Development
486 pages
(including 16 full-color)
53 maps
87 tables and figures
128 photographs
ISBN 1-880284-76-6 (cloth), ISBN 1-880284-75-8 (paper)
Josh Newell.     Size: 8.5x11 inch.
 Kamchatka 2002 med HannelotteKindlund(svensk, english, deutsch)
 Kamchatka & Kuril Islands: Regional Map & Introduction
 Geobotanica Pacifica


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