Hey, anything but a waste land. Siberia , actually

Hey, do you want to learn about Russia? Krasnoyarsk, Siberia in particular is very interesting. I have been surprised at the things I have learned. I really thought it was just a very cold frozen waste land. I am going to share with you all the things I have learned about this amazing place and it is anything but a waste land.  Siberia , actually occupies 77% of Russia and in the heart of Siberia is the city of Krasnoyarsk.  The Yenisei river flows  throughout the city of Krasnoyarsk.It is said, it is a sight to behold ,so beautiful There is Also, the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric dam, which is in the Yenisei river.   The dam  or I should say the Yenisei river does not freeze because it is 20 miles upstream and it is warmer there, at 14 °C (57 °F).One interesting fact is there are many islands in the Yenisei river. The two biggest islands in the river are the Otdyha and the Latyshev. Krasnoyarsk, is beautiful on the east and west it has majestic forests and mountains. The trees in the forest range  anywhere from 410 meters to 1,350 ft in height above the river.  These trees are quite a sight to see.The type of trees that grow here are mostly pine and birch while the  aspens are dominant in the surrounding areas. The mountains west of the Karaulnaya River aare covered in fir trees and the Siberian Pine  To the south of Krasnoyarsk the trees there are mostly aspen,fir, and pine. The most well known mountains are Nikolaevskaya Sopka, Krasnaya Gora, and Chernaya Sopka. There are huge rock cliffs in the Stolby Nature Reserve that rise up from the mountains of the southern banks of the Yenisei river. The hills on the west form the Gremyachaya Griva crest which reaches westwards up to the Sobakina River. The north is mainly plain, except for the Drokinskaya Sopka hill. It is such a magnificent place to visit.  Due to the nature of the terrain, there are a few natural lakes that exist in the vicinity of Krasnoyarsk.Some of the major disasters in Russia were the huge craters in northern Russia.  The craters are formed due to eruptions of gas which fills the core. The  power plants affected the geography.”A  report shows that the Russian nuclear power plants are far less equipped to deal with a natural disaster that was the case in Japan,” said Igor Kudrik, Bellona’s expert on nuclear safety in Russia. He described Kola as “one of the oldest and most dangerous reactors in Russia.”North-westerly winds across Norway would carry any nuclear fallout from a disaster at Kola straight towards Finnmark.There is a second nuclear power station near St Petersburg, which operates RBMK-type reactors identical to those which went into meltdown at Chernobyl in 1987,  it was mentioned as having similar problems including poor quality welding in the cooling pipes. Mr. Bohmer has already expressed fears about the consequences.”The distance between Norway and Russia’s St. Petersburg nuclear power plant is approximately a third of the distance to Chernobyl.  There are a number of local holidays celebrated annually in Krasnoyarsk. The most significant holiday is the Day of the City celebrated in June, usually with a carnival. Other holidays and cultural events are the Mana Festival. The celebrations take place on the outside of town, on the bank of river Mana, usually held on the last weekend in June. With a traditional bard contest, the International Museum Biennale traditionally held in the Krasnoyarsk Cultural/Historical Center, the avant-garde Museum Night festival dedicated to the International Museum Day (May 18), and the Jazz on Yenisey festival. Strobist Day held many times a year celebrating the traditions of mountain climbing in the Stolby national reserve, and the Bikers’ Rally.Some of the holidays in Siberia, Russia are Valentine’s day, Navruz, Earth day, Tchaikovsky’s 175th birthday, the Rose Festival, Naadam Festival, Arirang Mass Games, Soyuz launch, Golden Eagle Festival, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Harbin Ice Festival. Holidays and memorable days of Russia are officially established in Russia holidays, professional holidays, memorable days, memorable dates, and days of military glory. Non-working holidays in Russia are additional days off associated with the holidays.  In addition to non-working holidays, there are working holidays in Russia – holidays that are not additional days off, but formal events are still held.Professional holidays are established in recognition of the quality of workers in the branches of the national economy and they have various fields of activities. Memorable days are set in honor of significant events and dates in world history or the history of Russia. On June 22, the Day of Remembrance and Grief (the day of Nazi Germany’s attack on the USSR), there are no entertainment programs on TV and radio. You could put these holidays up with the other holidays. Memorable dates of Russia are officially established memorable dates in the history of Russia, connected with the most important historical events in the life of the state and society. Days of military glory (Victorious days) of Russia are set to commemorate the glorious victories of Russian troops, which played decisive roles in the history of the country.Another thing is their food and the traditional dishes. The people of Siberia originally ate a mixture of  European and aboriginal menu.  Meat is one of the main items on the Siberian menu. The most significant meats they eat are beef, lamb, chicken , and goose. One of the most popular meals in Siberia is Dumplings consisting of meat inside them, called pelmeni. An interesting tradition they have is  with the cooking of pelmeni – sometimes they put  a coin or some pepper in one of the dumplings.They do this to watch and see who will find it while eating. Whoever, finds the coin or pepper in their dumpling will have luck for the whole year it is great fun ! The most popular traditional food in Siberia is  meat jelly or aspic otherwise known as,  kholodets. Kholodets comes from the legs and ears of cows. There Caviar Sauerkraut is a purely Siberian snack and is rich in vitamins it helps you to stay healthy during the long Siberian winters. Fish is a staple and is abundant in Siberia . It is used for ukha (fish soup), pies, frying and for pickling. They also have reddish soup known as “borsh”. Borsh is a well-known trademark of Siberian culinary traditions. Most meals in Siberia Russia include pork, noodles, chicken, dumplings, potatoes, cabbage, beet soup, and cabbage soup. Pastries and sweets are often eaten for dessert. For breakfast, most Russians eat eggs, sausage, cheeses, bread, and hot cereal. Tea and coffee are both common,  but tea occupies a particularly special place in Russian culture.Since 1638, tea has had a rich and varied history in Russia. Due in part to Russia’s cold northern climate. Today it is considered the ‘de facto’ national beverage; one of the most popular beverages in the country, and is closely associated with traditional Russian culture. It was traditionally drunk in the afternoon, but has now spread as an all-day drink, especially at the end of meals and is served with desserts. One important aspect of the Russian tea culture is the ever-present Russian tea brewing device known as samovar (a highly decorated tea urn), which has become a symbol of comfort and hospitality.Krasnoyarsk, Siberia Russia is a place of true wonder. The currency Siberia Russia  use is Euro and U.S dollars. The government in Siberia is a  Provisional Government. In June of 1918, Bolshevik forces in central Siberia were overthrown by the Czechoslovak Legions and Monarchist Russian officers.  On 30 June 1918, a meeting was convened.Chairman of the Council of Ministers of this new government was Pyotr Vologodsky.The Derber government in Vladivostok refused to recognize the legitimacy of this new government. A reorganization of the Vladivostok government followed, with the name Provisional Government of Autonomous Siberia was adopted.The PGAS  and new PSG in Omsk refused to recognize each other, and they claimed for themselves the mantle as the sole government of Siberia. The generals of the Siberian Army placed their allegiance with the Vologodskii government, however, leading to the marginalization of the Vladivostok regime.Krasnoyarsk has a number of local television companies and the highly developed telecommunications, many districts of the city have LAN-based broadband Internet access.The city is also home to the Krasnoyarsk Children’s Choir, a world-renowned choir that tours in many countries called The Little Eagles of Siberia.  Schooling system in Russia is broken up by primary and senior schooling. Primary schooling is from 6-10 senior schooling is from 10-15. If you are a student in secondary school and wish to learn more in a higher education you have to do two more years of secondary schooling 15-17. Secondary school includes 11 years of study and every school has a core curriculum of academic subjects. After completing this stage, pupils are awarded a degree but they call it an attestation of secondary complete general education.At 15 years old, children may choose to enter a vocational school or non-university institute. These typically offer programmes of academic subjects and a programme of training in a technical field until students reach 17 or 18. Such institutions used to be called technikum but now most of them are called colleges.The classwork is often reciting written and oral testing. Disapproval by the teacher in front of the class is frequent. If a student does not perform standard, they will be ‘left back’ to remain another year. The Russian school year is 4 terms, they go to school 5 days a week, but some schools have extra studying on Saturdays. Their grading is  2-5 , 5 being the highest and  2 being the lowest. Krasnoyarsk forests and mountains are home to many animals such as the Amur leopard, which are currently endangered because of poachers. There are only about 60 that live in Russia and China.The males mass is about 71 to 110 pounds and the females 55 to 94 lbs. The male’s height is about 2.1 to 2.6ft. from the feet to the shoulder.  he males length is about 3.5 to 4.5 ft. The females are 2.4 to 3.7 ft. There is also the Siberian tiger, it is bigger than a Bengal tiger. Sadly, this beautiful animal is near extinction,  primarily to threats for  its’ survival in the wild from poaching and habitat loss from intensive logging and development. Tigers are most commonly poached for their fur and for their body parts used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are also Siberian wolves, siberia is known as one of the most Formidable habitats on the planet,  but that doesn’t stop several types of wolves from calling it home. Wolves have lived in Siberia for thousands of years. They have adapted to its harsh climate and have learned to survive all that Siberia offers. On January 15, due to the harsh Siberian winter temperatures that dropped to -49?,  killed most of the wolves usual prey. Because of this,  the wolves started to work with other packs to hunt for food. This super pack laid siege to a town in Verkhoyansk and in 4 days they left. More than 30 horses dead. About 400 hungry wolves have been seen prowling the edges of Verkhoyansk, attacking livestock. It is unusual for wolves to gather in such numbers to hunt large animals like horses,  but, their usual prey wasgone.so they have to do what they could to survive.Also another one of the animals that live here is a Siberian musk deer. This deer has fangs, the musk deer use these fangs during mating season to fight off rivals who want to mate with the same female. Only the males have fangs. The musk deer looks like a cross between a bat and a deer. They don’t look like it, but they are herbivores, meaning they eat plants. They are also very small. Their height is about 20 to 28 inches and their length is about 2.6 to 3.3ft. Another animal is the Siberian flying squirrel. They are small gray squirrels with huge black eyes. Their diet consists of seeds, leaves, cones, buds, nuts, berries, sprouts and occasionally bird eggs. They live in forests and are mostly nocturnal. They mate early in the spring. In southern Finland, the first mating season begins in late March, with a second mating season occurring in April. After a gestation period of five weeks, the female gives birth to a litter of usually two or three young. A female Siberian flying squirrel weighs about 150 grams, the males being slightly smaller on average. Their body is about 13 to 20 centimeters long, with a 9 to 14  long, flattened tail. These are the highlights of just a few of the many animals that live in Siberia.I have learned various things about Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. I have realized that there are many beautiful qualities about Siberia that I did not know about. I enjoyed learning about the geography and the wildlife surrounding it. It is not a frozen tundra as I previously thought it was. I acknowledge that there is a vicious side of the wolf however, I do not like that people tend to choose only to see that one side of the wolf. Some people only see the vicious nature  of the wolf however, there is much more than what meets the eye to these beautiful creatures. The people there have different tastes for food than I do but that is what makes the world go around. However, hard this project was for me I am glad that I was able to learn about another Country and their culture, people, and wildlife. Noka