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One of the most mysterious phenomena in the Arctic 
are spherulites. They are perfectly round stones from a few centimeters to several metres in diameter and they are scattered in large quantities all over Champ Island (Franz Josef Land archipelago). There are many versions of how they were formed: from natural to extraterrestrial origin.
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Polar Lights in Yakutsk

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Last night, a unique natural phenomenon, not typical for our latitude, flashed over our city.
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Cranes returning to Yakutia

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First flocks of rare white-naped cranes are returning to Russia after spending the winter in southeast China. It will take a month to get to Baikal area where they are going to nest and give birth to their offspring.
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Colder only in Antarctica

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IA SakhaNews.  In comparison to Yakutia the weather is colder only in Antarctica today. There autumn is in, and the air temperature at the "Vostok" station is -57.4 degrees Celsius.
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February 27 – The Polar Bear International Day

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February 27 environmental organizations around the world celebrate the International Day of Polar (white) Bear in order to attract public attention to the conservation of this species.  The Polar Bear is a symbol of the Arctic, because it indicates the biological health of Arctic ecosystems. Also on this day people talk over the problem of ice melting in the Arctic, which is one of the important factors reducing the habitat of the polar bear and, as a consequence, leads to a decrease in its population.
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Ice of the Arctic Ocean may completely melt away

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IA SakhaNews. By the middle of the XXI century, the Arctic Ocean could be completely free of ice, said the head of climate change research of State Hydrological Institute, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 2007 as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Oleg Anisimov.
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Lena Pillars Nature Park celebrating anniversary

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This year, the Lena Pillar Nature Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary. On February 10, 1995, a decree of the President of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) established the Lena Pillar Nature Park on the territories of Khangalassky and Olyokminsky regions. The park was created for the conservation and sustainable use of the natural complexes at the Lena Pillars, which are of high cultural, aesthetic, scientific and educational value, for the sake of the present and future generations, and for reviving traditional crafts.
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Chilingarov: Arctic issues must be solved in constructive dialogue

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Russia will remain committed to constructive dialogue with other countries on the development of the Arctic region, said Artur CHiligarov, the Russian president's special representative for international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic.

This famous polar explorer made this statement at the Arctic Frontiers International Conference in Norwegian Tromsø.
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Top 7 mysterious places of Yakutia: from the Bottle Rock to the lake Labynkyr

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YSIA made the top list of famous places in Yakutia

The Bottle Rock (Nerungri ulus). The name of this conspicuous hill,  93 kilometers away from Nerungri, came from the structure of its compound mineral - chrome-diopside. Chrome-diopside looks like a glass bottle, and, according to legends, is able to heal eye diseases, making vision more acute. For this, one should nestle his face to the rock and peer into the translucent depth for a long time. Large deposits of chrome-diopside may also be found in the Aldan region of Yakutia, and in the Middle Urals, Bashkortostan, Russia.
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The Damn Gates (Tatta ulus). Another name is the Devil's teeth. The Damn Gates  is the two high cliffs with a path between them. Many drivers traveling on Kolyma highway say that the Gates is a "bad place." The cause of such rumors is the large number of accidents that regularly occur there. Witnesses also claim to have seen silhouettes of people running across the road or standing on the sidelines.
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Nayahy Village (Ust-Aldan ulus). Some mysterious phenomena periodically occur there, according to eyewitnesses. For the first time it has happened in the 90s. A small dark tornado had hung above the surface of lake, screwing into it in the daylight within sight of dozens of villagers. Given the fact of dozens of eyewitnesses, a lot of scientists had been engaged in defining the nature of this phenomenon but finally had decided it was a tornado. But this phenomenon took place again in July 27, 2000. Lake was urgently checked by specialists from the National Society for Nature Conservation. In 12 days the strange thing happened again and someone even managed to shoot it. And no one could explain why tornado didn't move and appeared without any prior changes in the atmosphere.
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The Death Valley (Bylyy ulus). It is a mythic anomalous zone in the Bylyy valley that was first described by geographer Richard Maack in the XIX century: "There is a giant copper pot on the banks of the Algyi Timirbit (the big pot drowned). Its size is unknown because only its edge is visible from the ground." There is also a metal arch, radiating heat in one of the places. In the past hunters used to stay overnight there, especially in the winter, but then they had proved very sick and died. The legends about these pots tell that there were some metallic holes with "very thin one-eyed people in iron clothes" lying there. In 1936 the geologists saw smooth metal hemisphere, coming out from the ground, the metal of which reminded copper by its color. In the 60s the hunters noted a triangular pointed object, coming out of the ground. Then there were organized numerous expeditions, some of them ended inconclusively, others brought new descriptions of the mysterious "pots". According to some sources, such "pots" may be found in Mirny ulus too.

The Ket-Kap Range (Aldan ulus). In 1928 the Office of famous aircraft constructor Andrei Tupolev received a young pilot Nikolai Oleynikov. He asked for a meeting with Tupolev, claiming that he owned a unique thing that could bring the Soviet aviation to a new level. As it turned out, Oleinikov’s plane hit the heavy wind and drifted 200 kilometers far from the airport during a training flight in Yakutia. The pilot was able to land the plane, but he had to wade on foot through the taiga on the way back, and there he had found the remains of a local hunter with a knife from an unusual metal next to him, it was lightweight but extremely durable. The examination carried out by the Bureau of Andrei Tupolev, revealed that a material of the blade was unidentified. According to the legend, unknown flying object fell near the Ket-Kap Range and local residents had begun making knives and other weapons of its fragments. The name "Ket-Kap" in the Yakut literally means "the ship caught up(fell)."

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(Upper Bylyy ulus). In 2002, there was a report from Barylas village saying that a strange creature, looking like an adult primate, got caught in a hunting trap. The creature had died at the moment of its discovery by the locals. This case was one of the last evidences of the existence of so-called chuchuna - representative of an ancient tribe living in Yakutia. The first information about chuchuna appeared in the legends of the Yakut and the Evenk living in the north of the region. Chuchuna is a huge humanoid with body covered with long hair. It has exceptional physical strength and agility. These creatures armed with a simple bow, spear, and an iron knife. Sometimes they put on the skins of dead animals. They get the food by hunting. The first mention of this tribe dates back to 1929, when the newspaper "Yakutia Independent" published an article "Chuchuna". The article claimed that ever since the Tsarist times, the unknown savage people had been living in the North. The authors argued that chuchuna is a real being. There also was an evidence of eyewitnesses who saw a snowman on their own. It was stated that the favorite habitat of chuchuna is the Upper Bylyy ulus.
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The lake Labynkyr (Oimyakon ulus). The Lake became famous worldwide due to an unknown creature that probably lives in its depths. Locals believe that lake is home to a huge animal - "Labynkyr devil," as they call it. According to the descriptions of the Yakut, it is something of dark gray color with a huge mouth. The distance between the "devil's" eyes is like the width of the raft of ten logs. According to the legend, "devil" is very aggressive and dangerous, it may attack people and animals, and also it is able to come ashore.
Scientists got interested in the Labynkyr monster after reports of geologist Victor Tverdokhlebov, who observed a large moving object in the lake. However, a number of expeditions did not bring any conclusive results.

Source: YSIA
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A rock with 30 thousand diamonds found in Yakutia

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Udachnaya kimberlite pipe in Yakutia generated a fragment of rock that contains more than 30 thousand diamonds. The unusual sample, literally "stuffed" with diamonds, became a theme of an article in a special issue of Geology and Geophysics Journal, writes Science and Technology of the Russian Federation portal.
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