Facts about Siberia

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1. Permafrost in Siberia
Negative temperatures penetrate the earth’s crust to a depth of up to 1300-1500 when it comes to Permafrost in Siberia. Heat does not reach the frozen earth which contains a huge amount of frozen water. To delve an opening in the permafrost takes a few days. One has to first make a flame, let the earth defrost a bit, evacuate the top layer of the earth then create another flame and repeat the process.

2. Automobiles in Siberia
In Siberia, automobiles are readied in a unique manner so as to protect them from the Nordic conditions. A second layer of windows is also introduced. Warming of diesel fuel, and loading of tires exceptional gusto to keep them from solidifying is common. Ordinarily, Russian made automobiles are used in this country because transport in autos frequently can’t withstand Siberian conditions, particularly in the northern parts of Siberia.

3. Greenery in Siberia
Greenery shows up for just three months of the year. The reason for this is because the land is covered in winter snow most of the time.

3. Summer in Siberia
In summer, people sunbathe and even get sunburned. Whereas it is difficult to use automobiles during the summer season due to the not so good roads, driving in winter season is possible using specially prepared winter roads.

4. Legends about Siberia
There are legends about the perseverance of Siberian inhabitants. For instance, once, a Siberian man was on the train, and he coincidentally dropped out. He was wearing a T-shirt, and it was frosty, about -45 degrees Celsius outside. The man pursued the train for 7 km to the closest station in a T-shirt and elastic shoes. He got up to speed and didn’t even get wiped out.

5. Surviving in Siberia
Older people tend to move to central Russia because life in Siberia is too severe for weaker people. The worst can actually happen is one’s automobile develops problems. In the event that this happens in a faraway place, it poses an immediate danger to human life. People always stop if they come across someone who is stuck. Without helping each other in this manner, life in Siberia would have been unimaginable.

6. The Siberian Tiger
The Siberian tiger is the largest animal in the cat family. Only about 500 tigers remain in the wild. These Tigers were given special training back in 1995 as it was the first time they had ever seen white snow.

7. The size of Siberia
Siberia is about 50 times the size of the UK, but its population is half that of the UK. Siberia has a population density of fewer than eight people per square mile. Siberia stretches over an area of 9734 square kilometers. It covers about 77 percent of the size of Russia.

8. World’s largest freshwater Lake
The world’s largest freshwater lake is found in Siberia. This lake measures about 400 miles long, 50 miles wide and is a mile deep. The fresh water lake contains 20% of the world’s fresh water supplies. This lake is also the oldest in the world. More than 2000 earthquakes take place in this place yearly. Siberia is also home to four of the top ten largest rivers in the world which include Obi, Amur, Yenisei and Lena.

9. Mysterious Meteorite
A meteorite known as Tunguska fell in Siberia. However, there were neither traces of the meteorite nor a crater formed out of the meteorite’s fall. This mysterious meteorite has raised several questions in relation to what exactly happened.

10. Home for largest swamp in the Northern Hemisphere
The Vasyugan Swamp is the largest swamp in the Northern hemisphere. It stretches from the north to south covering a distance of 270 km and from west to east for a distance of 550km.The swamp covers an area of 55,000 square km.

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