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The unfinished tragedy the length of a quarter century

Bhopal residents love their city, located in the Central part of India and known around the world Shopalso monstrous man-made disaster, which is exactly a quarter of a century ago killed thousands of people.

Bhopali love the city at a beautiful lake. “Great place for retirement. Compared to Delhi it’s peaceful, the property is inexpensive”, – says in the train Delhi-Bhopal 34-year-old Delhi businessman Ashok.

But there is another Bhopal, about which neither Ashok nor the majority of citizens prefer not to remember. Can’t see the lake, there are dirty streets, and almost every house someone is ill.

On the night of 3 December 1984, the plant of Union Carbide India Ltd. for the production of a pesticide accident. Night workers washed the pipelines on the installation for the production of methylisocyanate – highly toxic chemical that was used in the production of pesticides. Due to a malfunction of the valves water got into the tank, the number of which is known throughout the country – 610, storing this substance. Started a chemical reaction formed a mixture of poisonous gases that escaped into the atmosphere and covered the town deadly Continue reading

3 days and the beautiful lake Issyk-Kul

In the North-East of Kyrgyzstan, among rugged ranges that form the Northern and Central Tien Shan, is a huge basin of lake Issyk-Kul, called sometimes the sizes Kyrgyz sea. The maximum dimensions of the basin from West to East is 275 km from North to South and 146 km from Issyk Kul or Yssyk-Kol (in translation from Kyrgyz – “hot lake”, from the ancient Turkic – “sacred lake”) is considered the jewel of the country and the Tien Shan. The first mention of the Issyk-Kul is found in Chinese Chronicles the end of II century BC, where it is called the Same high (“warm sea”). The lake lies in the North-East of Kyrgyzstan in the vast tectonic depression formed over 50 million years ago.

The surface area of this lake is situated at an altitude of 1607 m above sea level, is 6236 sq. km largest it occupies the 23rd place among lakes of the world. However, this is one of the deepest lakes on earth. It is second only to lake Baikal, Caspian sea, lake Tanganyika and lake Nyasa. Issyk-Kul lake in size is the second largest Alpine lakes after lake Titicaca in South America. Its length is about 178 km, width 60 km, the coastline – 688 km, maximum depth is 668 m. the lake Shoreline is quite indented – there Continue reading

Where is the largest lake on Earth?

The largest lake on Earth… What is it? Agree that the word “lake” seems a quiet and peaceful pond, overgrown with reeds. In it, closing her eyes, we see white water-lilies, and to the other side just the same hand.

However, few people think about the fact that there are such lakes, which will give odds to some of the seas, both in size and depth and strength of storms occur periodically.

Today I propose to talk about them.

The largest lake on Earth. Its characteristic features

Oddly enough, but the largest lake on Earth we used to call the sea, or the Caspian sea. In fact, taking into account its features, call it the sea is simply impossible. Why? Yes, because according to the definition, the last should fall any river, but located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia the Caspian sea is endorheic.

If you look closely at pictures taken from space, you can immediately note one undeniably important feature. – the Caspian sea has a rather complex shape resembling the letter S from the Latin alphabet.

Its dimensions are really impressive: the length from North to South is approximately 1,200 km, but the distance from the East to the West coast differs Continue reading

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