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Magical world of Arctic nature in danger

The Arctic is at once majestic, cold, unassailable, charming, and frightening in its splendor.

Sergey Anisimov

The Arctic is at once majestic, cold, unassailable, charming, and frightening in its splendor.
It is here that you feel your insignificance and become a mere particle, totally defenseless in the cosmic scheme of things. And it is here that you realize how fragile human life can be. It is also where you notice the stunning beauty of the world and the magic of nature.

Sergey Anisimov

It is here that you feel your insignificance and become a mere particle, totally defenseless in the cosmic scheme of things. And it is here that you realize how fragile human life can be. It is also where you notice the stunning beauty of the world and the magic of nature.
For all that, the modern Arctic is one of the most fragile ecosystems on Earth. Its environmental problems are global in scale, and affect the climate of the entire planet.

Sergey Anisimov

For all that, the modern Arctic is one of the most fragile ecosystems on Earth. Its environmental problems are global in scale, and affect the climate of the entire planet.
The Arctic is disappearing before our very eyes. The ice cover is diminishing in area and thickness every year.

Sergey Anisimov

The Arctic is disappearing before our very eyes. The ice cover is diminishing in area and thickness every year.
Today this fascinating region needs protection from the devastating effects of the development of civilization.

Sergey Anisimov

Today this fascinating region needs protection from the devastating effects of the development of civilization.
Studies show that the temperature in the Arctic is rising twice as fast as in the rest of the world.

Sergey Anisimov

Studies show that the temperature in the Arctic is rising twice as fast as in the rest of the world.
Climate change threatens many Arctic animals with extinction. At greatest risk are the polar bears: carnivorous mammals that can grow to be 3 meters long and weigh up to one metric ton.

Sergey Anisimov

Climate change threatens many Arctic animals with extinction. At greatest risk are the polar bears: carnivorous mammals that can grow to be 3 meters long and weigh up to one metric ton.
Few people know that the furry, white polar bear's skin is actually black. The bear's fur is missing a pigment. As a result, it only lets ultraviolet rays through, which creates insulating properties.

Sergey Anisimov

Few people know that the furry, white polar bear's skin is actually black. The bear's fur is missing a pigment. As a result, it only lets ultraviolet rays through, which creates insulating properties.
No one knows about the problems of the Arctic better than Yamal photographer Sergei Anisimov, who has produced six albums on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia's Far North, and the Arctic.

Sergey Anisimov

No one knows about the problems of the Arctic better than Yamal photographer Sergei Anisimov, who has produced six albums on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia's Far North, and the Arctic.
The creative opportunities for photography here are boundless. Here, the artist can imprint for eternity the icy beauty with all its peculiarities, and document the primordial supremacy of nature, where it is still pristine and inviolable.

Sergey Anisimov

The creative opportunities for photography here are boundless. Here, the artist can imprint for eternity the icy beauty with all its peculiarities, and document the primordial supremacy of nature, where it is still pristine and inviolable.
Undoubtedly, the most valuable find for the photographer is animal life. The Arctic is inhabited by many unique species of fauna. Besides polar bears, the region is home to musk-ox, wild reindeer, and bighorn sheep.

Sergey Anisimov

Undoubtedly, the most valuable find for the photographer is animal life. The Arctic is inhabited by many unique species of fauna. Besides polar bears, the region is home to musk-ox, wild reindeer, and bighorn sheep.
The seas of the Arctic contain seals. These mammals are able to cry, but unlike humans they do not have lacrimal glands. Moreover, they can withstand temperatures down to -80 degrees Celsius.

Sergey Anisimov

The seas of the Arctic contain seals. These mammals are able to cry, but unlike humans they do not have lacrimal glands. Moreover, they can withstand temperatures down to -80 degrees Celsius.
Walruses can weigh even more than polar bears. The mass of these marine mammals can reach 1500 kg. A distinctive feature of the walrus is its huge tusks, which are used in combat and to climb out of the water by hooking onto ice floes.

Sergey Anisimov

Walruses can weigh even more than polar bears. The mass of these marine mammals can reach 1500 kg. A distinctive feature of the walrus is its huge tusks, which are used in combat and to climb out of the water by hooking onto ice floes.
If in luck, you might catch a glimpse of some cetaceans: baleen whales, narwhals, killer whales, and belugas. Whales are the largest, longest (up to 33 meters), heaviest (up to 150 metric tons), loudest, and most fatigue-proof mammals.

Sergey Anisimov

If in luck, you might catch a glimpse of some cetaceans: baleen whales, narwhals, killer whales, and belugas. Whales are the largest, longest (up to 33 meters), heaviest (up to 150 metric tons), loudest, and most fatigue-proof mammals.
In the polar summer, millions of migratory birds nest in the Arctic tundra. The search for favorable living conditions can take them on a journey of several thousand kilometers.

Sergey Anisimov

In the polar summer, millions of migratory birds nest in the Arctic tundra. The search for favorable living conditions can take them on a journey of several thousand kilometers.
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6 February, 2014
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