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More Mystery Holes Appear in Siberia


More Mystery Holes Appear in Siberia

Two more mysterious craters have cropped up—or, perhaps more accurately, down—in an isolated region of Siberia north of the Arctic Circle. Earlier this month, the first such crater, nicknamed the “Yamal black hole” for its location on the Yamal peninsula, was discovered in the region. The area is rich in natural gas, leading to speculation that the holes are the result of underground gas explosions. However, this is not the only theory. Meteorites, stray missiles, and even aliens have all been cited as potential causes for the mysterious craters. More… Discuss

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today’s holidady: Ysyakh


Ysyakh

This is a celebration of the midnight sun, observed in the Yakut region in the northeastern part of Russia on and around the Summer Solstice. In 1992 the Yakut Autonomous Soviet Republic became the Republic of Sakha (the Yakut people‘s name for themselves) within the Russian Federation. The festivities during Ysyakh include foot races, horse races, and often sled dog and reindeer races. Folk dancing and feasting—primarily on boiled beef and kumiss, or fermented mare’s milk—complete the celebration, which often goes on all night. More… Discuss

ARTICLE: Elasmotherium – Unicorns of Old


Elasmotherium: Unicorns of Old

The mythical unicorn may have been inspired in part by real-life creatures—members of the extinct genus Elasmotherium, comprising single-horned, giant rhinoceroses that roamed what is now Siberia and southern Russia during the Pleistocene ice age, which began 1.8 million years ago. Having some of the attributes of horses, they were herbivorous like most other rhinoceroses and had molar teeth that never stopped growing. How long were their supposedly enormous horns? More… Discuss

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NEWS: GIANT, DORMANT VIRUS REVIVED AFTER 30,000 YEARS


Giant, Dormant Virus Revived after 30,000 Years

virus that for 30,000 years lay dormant in the permafrostof Siberia has been revived by scientists. Called Pithovirus sibericum, it is not only the oldest virus ever revived but also the largest virus ever found, measuring 1.5 micrometers in length. Though this virus poses little threat to humans—it infects amoebas—researchers fear that other long-dormant viruses will be unleashed as the permafrost continues to thaw and the area is mined for resources. More…

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: ST. PAUL WINTER CARNIVAL


St. Paul Winter Carnival

This 10-day winter festival was established in 1886 in response to a newspaper story that described St. Paul, Minnesota, as “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.” A group of local businessmen set out to publicize the area’s winter attractions, and the first winter carnival featured an Ice Palace in St. Paul’s Central Park. Since that time, an entire legend has developed about the founding of St. Paul and is reenacted each year. Other highlights include ice golf, skating, skiing, sled dog races, softball on ice, ice carving and snow sculpture contests, and a parade. More… Discuss

 

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