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73 degrees below the equator

73 degrees below the equator

20 km across a huge country. 000 km across the largest republic - Yakutia, whose size is only slightly inferior to Western Europe. 8000 km beyond the Arctic Circle.

Thousands of kilometers along the rivers that exceed the size of the Volga. Through the Pole of Cold. From the east to one of the northernmost ports of the country. Through the villages, from which there were only names. How do they live where it is impossible to live? Where there are no asphalt roads and gas stations, cellular communications and the Internet, iPhones and aipads? Where from heat to heat hundreds and thousands of kilometers?

In early March, 3 crews and 6 experienced travelers set off on the expedition "73 degrees below the equator 2014" along the route: Krasnoyarsk - Mirny - Udachny - Yuryung-Khaya - Tiksi - Yakutsk - Tynda - Irkutsk - Krasnoyarsk ...

29 March the expedition reached the key point of the route - the village of Tiksi.

For a day passed about 300 km, rose at night km in 30 after the settlement of Khayyr. We walked along the Laptev Sea and along the mouth of the Omoloy River. The road is good, go fast. In the street frost, -NNUMX degrees, at night was below -NNUMX degrees. Feels approaching the Pole of Cold.

By the way, a forest began to appear at the mouth of the Omoloy after about 60 km upstream! Now around us on the banks are quite tall larch trees - taller than human growth!

Over the city of Tiksi (the Yakut pier, the emphasis on the last vowel), the strongest winds blow ... The summer starts in July and lasts one month. In the tundra grow mushrooms and do not grow trees. There is no way. In summer, from the city on wheeled vehicles, you can drive no more than 5 km. Lena washes the mammoth showers and skulls of musk oxen out of permafrost. And they lived here only 10 thousand years ago. The permafrost itself stands for only 10-20, see Tiksi, the port of the northern sea route, was founded in 1932.

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