#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. “This year we are a little behind in the ice drift edge advancing – by about 80 kilometers compared to last year. Based on the hydrological and meteorological situation, the beginning of the water rise in the Yenisey near Dudinka is expected on May 18-20, the flooding of the berths with the eight meters mark is expected on May 25, the expected date for the ice drift start is June 3-6”, said the Nornickel’s Hydraulic Structures Supervision Center’s hydrotechnical laboratory chief specialist Igor Suhov.
Recall that the port of Dudinka is unique in terms of hydrological parameters: it is the only one in the world whose sea and river berths are flooded with water every spring. The port’s entire infrastructure is dismantled in advance and moved to higher elevations. After the ice drift, it is restored again.
Last year, in the Dudinka port area, ice drift was observed on May 23-25. Usually this spectacular phenomenon gathers a lot of people on the Yenisey banks. The earliest ice break in the history of observations was in 2020, when the ice drifted in mid-May.
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Text: Tatyana Ermolayeva, Photos: Nikolay Shchipko and Denis Kozhevnikov