Thursday, June 05, 2014

Lena Pillars - RUSSIA - UNESCO #1299

After one day without any postcards in my mailbox (I wasn't used to that anymore, it's a sad feeling of emptiness) today I received two more cards for my UNESCO WHS collection. This one shows the spectacular rock formations on the banks of Lena River in Sakha Republi, the rock pillars that reach a height of 100m. Thank you very much Masha for another great swap and for sending me a beautiful card from this Russian site, that was only added to the list in 2012. My collection grows to 394 sites, 587 to finish. This postcard took 16 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1299 - Lena Pillars Nature Park - RUSSIA
Lena Pillars Nature Park is marked by spectacular rock pillars that reach a height of approximately 100 m along the banks of the Lena River in the central part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). They were produced by the region’s extreme continental climate with an annual temperature range of almost 100 degrees Celsius (from –60 °C in winter to +40 °C in summer). The pillars form rocky buttresses isolated from each other by deep and steep gullies developed by frost shattering directed along intervening joints. Penetration of water from the surface has facilitated cryogenic processes (freeze-thaw action), which have widened gullies between pillars leading to their isolation. Fluvial processes are also critical to the pillars. The site also contains a wealth of Cambrian fossil remains of numerous species, some of them unique.

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