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Schmidtiha and Gudchiha mountains named after scientists

Schmidtiha and Gudchiha mountains named after scientists

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. It was first described by the scientist, traveler and explorer Alexander Middendorf in the 19th century. He referred to them as “the wildly romantic rocky ridges called the Norilsk stones”. He called one of the mountains Bear Stone. The first scientist who explored our region ...

Wind energy used for Norilsk narrow-gauge railway construction

Wind energy used for Norilsk narrow-gauge railway construction

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Norilsk railway construction began in 1936 and was fraught with many difficulties. The first narrow-gauge railway was literally made of snow and ice: the sleepers were laid on snow embankments sprinkled with water. The first bridges were also built from ice. Obviously, in the ...

Coniferous kvass saved people from scurvy in 1940s

Coniferous kvass saved people from scurvy in 1940s

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The cure for scurvy was offered by the prisoner-chemist Grigory Kalyuski, who led the sanitary and bacteriological laboratory. Back in 1938, the laboratory began studying the flora of Taimyr for the vitamin C. Kalyusky himself drew a diagram of the unit for the larch needles ...

Subpolar Census took place in 1920s

Subpolar Census took place in 1920s

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The scribes moved by swimming along the northern rivers, with argishes - reindeer caravans - and on foot through the virgin taiga and tundra, describing in detail each native houshold, its composition, economy and way of life. Along with the difficulties of movement, the information ...

House on Zavenyagin street was first to stand on piles

House on Zavenyagin street was first to stand on piles

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. This fact gave the green light to the transition to pile foundations - and named the exact objects to start with: residential buildings, kindergartens, shops and schools in the 30-38 quarter. The number meant the courtyards between Zavenyagin street, which was a testing ground for ...

First sports facilities in Norilsk built in 1940s

First sports facilities in Norilsk built in 1940s

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In 1942, the first local stadium – Dynamo – was built at the current Mechanical plant workshops site. It had two fields, as well as a walking alley, a fountain, an arbor-pavilion and a monument to Stalin, obligatory in those days. In summer, all ...

Norilsk first bus station located on Leninsky prospekt

Norilsk first bus station located on Leninsky prospekt

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the late 1960s, a large-scale reorganization of public transport began in Norilsk: new routes were added, including the Talnah and Kayerkan directions, conductors were abolished, and composters appeared in buses. There was also a need for a separate bus station. It was opened in ...

Many Norilsk streets changed names

Many Norilsk streets changed names

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Only in 1961 the city’s main avenue was united under the name of the revolution leader. The Ordzhonikidze name of was transferred to the other end of the city. The square at the confluence of the new Ordzhonikidze street with Komsomolskaya and Krasnoyarskaya ones was ...

Norilsk residents call their airport Alykel

Norilsk residents call their airport Alykel

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In reality, the airfield’s melodic old name is still in the everyday life of the Norilsk people, it caresses the ear, regardless of whether you arrive or depart. The decision to build a new airport for Norilsk was taken by the USSR Ministers Council in ...