Norilsk schoolchildren won trip to Bear Islands reserve

Norilsk schoolchildren won trip to Bear Islands reserve

July 20, 2023

The winners of the All-Russian scientific competition will help count the polar bears.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Brother and sister Nikolaev from Norilsk, eighth-grader Vera, and ninth-grade student Grigory, became winners of the Amazing and Unexplored Arctic All-Russian competition.

The main prize in the scientific contest is a trip to the Bear Islands nature reserve. There, schoolchildren will take part in aerial monitoring of polar bears, which helps to maintain the number of Red Books animals and learn more about their behavior.

Young Norilsk people, with the support of scientific supervisors Natalya Logutova and Maria Golubeva, wrote an article about the features of anthropogenic impact on the soil structure and composition in the Arctic, prepared a project on the Taimyr soil chemical composition and shot a short film about a trip to the peninsula – they talked about Dudinka, industrial tourism, the history of Norilsk and the Putorana plateau.

“We started getting acquainted with the biodiversity of the Arctic in kindergarten. At school, we got interested in the ecology state in Taimyr, and in particular, the chemical composition of water in the Daldykan river. At the moment, we are engaged in the study of atmospheric air using the lichen indication method”, the winners noted.

Schoolchildren said that by participating in the competition, they made many interesting discoveries for themselves, learned about the history of Norilsk and Dudinka.

The competition is organized by the Lena Pillars National Park together with the Institute of Permafrost Biological Problems of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Department of the Russian Geographical Society in the Republic of Saha and the Polar Airlines.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Denis Kozhevnikov

July 20, 2023

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