Showing posts with label Ukarine. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Ai-Petri Ukarine

Ai-Petri is a famous peak in the Crimean Mountains. For administrative purposes it is in the Yalta municipality of Crimea. The peak is located above the city of Alupka and the town of Koreiz. The name has Greek origin, and is translated as St. Peter. Ai-Petri is one of the windiest places in Ukraine and it is blowing for 125 days a year, reaching a speed of 110 mph. There is a Cable Car installed there which takes passengers from a station near Alupka to the main area in Ai-Petri. The mountain is 1200 meter (3937 feet) high. 

Ai-Petri is picturesque peaks, which have become the symbol not just of the southern coast, but also of the entire Crimean peninsula.  This legendary mountain is great attraction for tourist, where you can get an incredible view over the entire southeastern coast of Crimea.  A huge number of travelers climb the Ai-Petri all year round just to see fantastic panoramic view from the top of peak. The best way to get to peaks is to use the cableway ‘Miskhor – Ai-Petri,’ which is an attraction itself. It consists of two parts, one of which is “unsupported” and not like anything else in Europe.

At the top of Ai-Pertri you can see bare stone plateau. Moreover there’re number of cafes and places to get the taste of Tatar cuisine, eastern sweets and delicious Crimean foods. When on Ai-Petri, most tourists rush to Cliff Shishko, the observation point, from which one can get awesome views of the Black Sea coast. There’s one more famous place on the top of Ai-Petri which is cave “Trehglazka”. This is very exculisve place due to its temperature which hovers around zero degree all round year, and cave is cover with several meters of ice. Ai-Petri also keeps an unusual marker, a metallic globe on a granite base with its exact geo-location; all plateau visitors strive to touch it.

Well, if you like driving then you can get to the top of Ai-Petri by car, following the highway Yalta  Bakhchysarai. The road passes by the highest waterfall in Ukraine, Uchan-Su (“Flying Water”). It is 100 meters high, which is twice as high as Niagara Falls. The waterfall is most remarkable during a storm or when the snow is melting. The lovely Ai-Petri has everything for an adventurous gateway. In the summer season you can even ride horses, mountain bicycle, and jeeps or paraglide here. However in winter snowy slopes attract ski lovrs and snowmobile racers. 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Sivash Salt Lagoons in the Crimean Peninsula

There’s a place lies in between Black sea and Sea of Azov is called “Crimean Peninsula” actually located just south of the Ukrainian mainland, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. It is linked with the Ukrainian mainland by the Isthmus of Perekop a strip of land about five to seven kilometers wide, and is separated from the Russian region of Kuban on the east by the Strait of Kerch. On the other side of northeast is located the Arabat Spit, a thin strip of land that splits a system of shallow salt-water lagoons named Sivash, from the Sea of Azov.

These lagoons almost cut the Crimean Peninsula off from the mainland, and works as a natural border between the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Kherson Oblast that passes through Sivash. To the north side, the Isthmus of Perekop splits Sivash from the Black Sea and at the same time, links the Crimean Peninsula to the mainland. The Sivash lagoons are very shallow with a mean depth of about 50 cm to 1 meter, while the deepest place is mere about 3 meters. Although bottom is covered with silt about to 5 meters thick. However; the lagoons are so shallow, so water entering Sivash from the algae-ridden Sea of Azov and evaporates rapidly in summer, therefore; producing a terrible stench which has received the lagoon name is "Rotten Sea".

It is estimated that more than 200 million tonnes of salt is exist in Sivash. In consequence the salt harvesting has converted into a big business in Crimea. In summer when water levels recede, plentiful pinkish-white salt pans are uncovered and covering dozens of square kilometers in the region. The eye-catching pink color is the result of microalgae that flourish in salty conditions and yield high levels of beta-carotene, a reddish pigment that protects it from the region's penetrating sunlight. The salt is gathered by traders and exported to European Union countries, Russia, and to Japan, where it is prized for its purported value in fighting the effects of radiation. This below picture shows the diversity of colors the lagoons yield owing to its varied chemical composition. Hence you can view different colors, such as peach, mustard, and lime green, blue, blue-green, beige, and brown. Moreover; thick layers of silt coat the bottoms of the shallow marshes, which are abundant in mineral salts to supply a local chemical plant.

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