My Siberia World Learning Experience
I consider myself an accomplished tourist because I have visited many countries in Africa, America and Asia, and I still have every intention of visiting many other countries before I die. I have had exceptional world learning experiences during my tour of different countries.
Last year, I visited Siberia. It’s a country that I had wished to visit for a very long time. I am so glad that I chose to visit that particular country. This is because I toured several interesting places and also learnt about many amazing facts. The following are the places I visited as well as the remarkable facts I learnt in Siberia.
Size of the country
I was very surprised when I learnt that Siberia is approximately 13.1 million sq km in size. The country’s size is only comparable to that of Canada, which happens to be the world’s second largest country.
Ancestors of modern man
Many years ago, a site was discovered in Siberia that is believed to have been the home of ancient people from the Paleolithic Karama.
They lived at that site about 9,000,000 years ago. During those years, Siberia experienced favorable climatic conditions. Genetic analysis proved that modern man could be the descendant of the Asian species of Homo erectus.
I spent several hours at this site. The world learning experience I had will forever remain etched in my memory.
It’s one of the largest lakes in the world in terms of both surface area and depth. As a matter of fact, Lake Baikal and Netherlands are of the same size.
There are several interesting facts that I learnt about the lake. It’s the world’s deepest fresh-water lake, the oldest and also the cleanest lake across the world.
River Angara is the only river that flows out of the lake.
Water in Lake Baikal was so clear that I could see up to a depth of 50 meters. I interviewed a leading scientist in Siberia, and she informed me that Lake Baikal contains about 20% of all the fresh water in the world. The scientist also informed me that an average of 2,000 earthquakes occur in the lake every year.
I couldn’t just leave the country without visiting the renowned Lake Baikal. I had no idea that I would have such an unforgettable world learning experience.
Most people have read about the Siberian Husky and how exceptional they are. They are usually bred by natives of Northern Russia.
I had the rare opportunity of seeing and actually interacting with the world’s most outstanding dog breed. It was an experience that I’ll never forget.
I heard extensively read about Tunguska Meteorite long before I visited Siberia. That’s why I made a point of visiting the site when I eventually landed in the country.
The meteorite fell in the country several years ago. What really baffled (and still amazes) many people was that no crater could be found at the site where it fell. Additionally, absolutely no fragments were found. Scientists in the country still cannot explain how these could happen.
Extremely large rivers
During my long stay in Siberia, I visited River Ob, River Yenisei, River Amur as well as River Lena. They are among the ten largest rivers in the world.
I was therefore privileged to visit and actually see four of the ten largest rivers across the world. There is no experience that can be compared to this. If I see the other six, I will have accomplished an achievement that most people on earth can only dream about.
Great Vasyugan Swamp
Before I travelled to Siberia, my colleagues at work really encouraged me to visit the Great Vasyugan Swamp because they had read so much about it. Our well-informed tour guide explained to us that it’s the largest swamp in the earth’s northern hemisphere.
The guide further explained that Great Vasyugan Swamp is a unique geographical phenomenon because it comprises of an extraordinary wide distribution of smaller swamps. It stretches for 550 km and 270 km from east to west and south to north respectively.
The swamp’s square area is 55,000 sq km, which makes it larger than Switzerland.
We had to travel for several kilometers to the middle of West Siberian Plain, where the swamp is found.
When I went back to my home country, I had to narrate the experience I had to eager colleagues, friends and family members who were aware of my visit to the swamp.
Permafrost generally refers to land that can’t be thawed.
In Siberia, Permafrost can be found in the northern side of Western Siberia as well as most parts of East Siberia.
During my visit to the country, I learnt that negative temperatures in permafrost areas penetrate as far as 1450 m below the earth’s surface, while the average temperature is -15 degrees Celsius.
According to scientists, climate warming decreases the size of permafrost in the county.
Permafrost contains methane, the most potent greenhouse gas. When I interviewed one of the country’s renowned scientists, she informed me that when permafrost gets thawed, methane gas is usually released, and this gas has the capacity of accelerating global warming.
Thawing and subsequent release of methane gas can have catastrophic consequences on everyone who will be living on earth by then. According to the scientist, approximately 33% of people may perish. Definitely, nobody would wish to experience this.
Discovery of a new form of human beings
A few years ago, scientists discovered a phalanx in Denisov Cave. DNA analysis later proved that it was that of a girl, and she was a member of the new species of human beings, the Denisov humans. It’s important to note that they’re different from modern man as well as Neanderthal man.
I took several photographs during my tour of Siberia. I still use the photos that I took to boast to my friends, colleagues and relatives. My hope and prayer is that I’ll live long enough to show them to my unborn grandchildren.
I must admit that my visit to Siberia was an exceptional world learning experience. Even though I spent a significant amount of resources during my long stay in the country, I definitely got value for my time and money. The world learning opportunity was worth every dollar. I intend to visit the country again soon.