Thursday, October 10, 2013

Nature Reserve of Wrangel Island - RUSSIA - UNESCO #1023

Look well at the picture on this postcard... it's not a photoshop montage or a scene from a movie, that polar bear is really walking down the street of that town in the remote Natural Reserve of Wrangel Island where the temperatures are well down the freezing point all year around - Galine, the sender says that in this distant place there are almost no tourists... I wonder why? Thank you very much Galine, this card is amazing and it makes my UNESCO collection reach to 179, with 802 more, I'm done. This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
  
UNESCO #1023 - Natural Reserve of Wrangel Island - RUSSIA
 
Located well above the Arctic Circle, the site includes the mountainous Wrangel Island, Herald Island and surrounding waters. The island boasts the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus and the highest density of ancestral polar bear dens. It is a major feeding ground for the grey whale migrating from Mexico and the northernmost nesting ground for 100 migratory bird species, many endangered. Currently, 417 species and subspecies of vascular plants have been identified on the island, double that of any other Arctic tundra territory of comparable size and more than any other Arctic island. 
 

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