The construction of the dam.
40 years ago, December 19, 1973, in the construction of the Cheboksary hydroelectric complex was laid the first cubic meter of concrete The construction of the Cheboksary hydroelectric power station…

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Expedition to the Ustyurt plateau
This was the first trip taken by the author. The group in addition to the author, while the fourth-year student of geological faculty of Moscow state pedagogical University, was already…

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Cathedral built in the Western part of the island the Sieve, on a place where in the I century ad was a Roman altar dedicated to Jupiter. Among the Gothic churches of France the Cathedral of Notre Dame stands out austere grandeur of its appearance. Depending on the time of day and weather its silhouette is painted in various tones of grey from steel to smoke. And in the evening, in the rays of the setting sun towers of the Cathedral look pink-ash…

In beauty, proportions, the degree of realization of the idea of Gothic art, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is an absolutely unique phenomenon. Today, looking at its holistic and harmonious ensemble, it is impossible to believe that the temple was built almost two hundred years, he repeatedly reworked and capital was restored.

The construction of the Cathedral began in 1163 in Paris Bishop Maurice de Sully. The first stone in its Foundation was laid by Pope Alexander III. In the construction process, which ended only in the mid XIV century, the original plan of the Cathedral has undergone several changes, taking the Mature Gothic art. Continue reading

Expedition to the Ustyurt plateau

This was the first trip taken by the author. The group in addition to the author, while the fourth-year student of geological faculty of Moscow state pedagogical University, was already a well-known traveller in South America, Anatoliy Khizhnyak, mountaineer, conqueror of Dombai Alexander Polyakov, inquisitive student Alex Avilov and erudite biologist Dmitry Usov. We were all ready for the most risky adventures. Decorated with our male friends the girl Tatyana, the employee of the Main Botanical garden of RAS. Learning about the possibility to collect seeds of rare plants on an isolated plateau, brave girl-nerd without hesitation joined our team and passed all three weeks of hard marching.

The shed on the plateau literally

We went in early April when in those places still blowing cold winds and night-time temperatures drop below zero, so we stocked up on warm clothes, which is very useful.

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Cyclopean stones

“The civilization of the Cyclopes? Until the end of the twentieth century, it wouldn’t occur to me that the mythical Cyclops existed actually. However, a sensational discovery in Texas (USA) shocked scientists around the world. The fact is that paleontologists Victor Pacheco and Martin fried during a vacation in big Band-Country decided to combine the pleasant with the useful and explored one of the caves, and found the remains of a creature rising to about 2.5 m and weighing 300 kg, in the skull, which in the middle of the forehead there was just one socket. The bone age about 10 thousand years. Scientists were able for the skeleton to reproduce the appearance of substance. I must say, his appearance was fully consistent with the description of the mythical creature.

…Remind: Homer is portrayed Cyclops (also called ciclope) cruel giants and pointed out that they live in caves, engaged in the breeding of livestock ” (Nepomnyashchy N. N “one Hundred great mysteries of the ancient world”, Moscow; “Assembly” 2008, pp. 11-12). Continue reading