Volga Federal district is a territory adjacent to the Volga or close to it situated, economically and geographically adjacent to it. Within the Volga region allocated comparatively upbeat with the right Bank of the Volga upland and the left Bank — the so-called Zavolzhie. Earlier was a part of Volga Bulgaria, great Tartary.
The area is located in the Eastern part of the Russian plain on the banks of the Volga. The Park area is approximately 536 thousand sq. km. In the district include: Astrakhan, Penza, Orenburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kirov, Saratov, Ulyanovsk, Volgograd, Samara region, Republic of Udmurtia, Bashkortostan, Tatarstan, Chuvashia, Mari-El, Mordovia and Perm region. Center of Volga Federal district Samara is considered. In the name of Samara can be traced from Eastern roots. “Himself” (or “sham”) – arid, steppe, hot. “Ar” is a water stream, river, ditch. Samara – river steppes. The city has a variety of hydrological objects in the first place, of course, the Volga and the rivers Samara and Juice, the springs and lakes of Samara.
The most famous of the lake Samara– Voronezh lakes – a unique monument of nature, miraculously survived among the stone houses. Unfortunately, during the construction of the complex “Empire” were closed ground water and one lake went dry. One of the oldest resort areas of the Volga region are the lakes Elton and Baskunchak Continue reading
We know that on Earth there are many places with extreme habitat, which sometimes look quite harmless and friendly, but it is hardly possible to say something similar about lake Natron. Should try to describe it in colors, like immediately come to mind only such epithets as alien, bloody and lifeless, that is partly true.
The lake appeared in the midst of the mountain massif of the East African rift, near the border with Kenya and in close proximity to the volcano Ol Doinyo of Lengai. Seismic activity began in this region over 2 million years ago and becoming commonplace for many years, gradually changed the landscape and has refined the earth’s crust, preparing the space for lakes such as Natron, Manyara and Eyasi. Mountain river has eroded the volcanic rocks and formed in the lowlands reservoirs, each of which acquired certain characteristics and, perhaps, the most bizarre brainchild turned out it was the Natron.
With special bacteria which gives the lake a red tint, the pond becomes like a creation of science fiction writers, just like the ocean is sentient protoplasm from the book “Solaris”. Moreover, the lake temperature reaches 50-60 degrees Celsius and the alkaline level is off the charts – it makes the pond is totally unsuitable for most Continue reading
In one of the corners of Yelowstone reserve (Wyoming), famous for its geysers and thermal springs, is the most amazing multi-colored lake on Earth, which I was lucky to see in my life.
Such an unusual name it received thanks to Elizabeth McGowan, the wife of the Manager of the local land in the nineteenth century. In those days, the lake water was a bright blue color with yellow, sometimes orange trim, and the woman drew attention to the fact that it really is like the flower of a Morning Glory . featuring bright blue colors and quirky twisted shape.
On the way I met a rather cheerful Americans, who continually picked on me by the local saying: “if you Want to survive — get in the hole”. At first, to be honest, I don’t really understand what it was about, but the guys explained to me that the seismic situation in this region is quite unstable. Every year it shakes bad, but people exaggerate the rumor of the imminent the powerful volcanic eruption of Yellowstone. Together mocking is characteristic of some people to alarmism, we walked towards the lake.
When I looked at this natural creation for the first time, I was speechless and just stood there for a few minutes. Slightly moving away from hypnotic influence, my mind flashed a rapid and loud “it’s amazing, Continue reading