Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Russia - Aurora borealis in Chukotka

Yesterday I wrote on my blog that I would love to receive a card showing aurora borealis and today I received 2(!) - from Russia and from Finland :) Isn't that funny? :) And no, they were not sent yesterday evening :) Actually, I received 14 postcards today, including these 2 with aurora borealis, 3 showing trains/railways, 3 from Ukraine and 3 from an absolutely new country in my collection, so it's been my best postcard day ever :)))

This wonderful card shows the aurora borealis in Anadyr (Russian: Анадырь), which is the administrative centre of Chukotka. Have you ever heard of this region? That's the most north-eastern one and actually it's close to Alaska :) The interesting thing is that the easternmost point of Russia is located on the Western hemisphere, but there are no big settlements. Anadyr is on the Eastern hemisphere (Coordinates: 64°44′N 177°31′E) and is the biggest town of Chukotka, with only about 11 000 inhabitants.

When Nastya, who lives in Anadyr, joined the RR that I host on postcrossing forum, I immediatelly asked her for swap, because Russia is one of the countries that I'm really interested in and Chukotka seems to be one of the most mysterious of this great country. I was really glad, when Nastya agreed to swap, but I'd never expect receiving such a brilliant card :) I think I don't have to tell you that it's going to be one of my all time favorites now? :)

Anadyr (Russian: Ана́дырь, Chukchi: Кагыргын, Kagyrgyn) is a town and the administrative centre of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, the extreme north-eastern region of Russia. It is at the mouth of the Anadyr River, on the tip of the southern promontory that sticks out into Anadyrskiy Liman. At 177°30′E, Anadyr is the easternmost town in Russia and Eurasia. It was founded on August 3, 1889 as Novo-Mariinsk, and renamed on August 5, 1923. Town status was granted on January 12, 1965.

Chukotka is the most northeasterly region of Russia and, since the sale of Alaska to the United States, has been the only part of Russia lying partially in the Western Hemisphere. It is bordered on the east by the Bering Sea, part of the Pacific Ocean, and to the north by the Chukchi Sea and the East Siberian Sea, which are part of the Arctic Ocean. Chukotka has an area of 737,700 km2 (284,800 sq mi) and a population of 53,824 according to the 2002 Census. The principal town and administrative center is Anadyr.


Ana said...

this..card...is just...soooo...breathtaking!!!
I envy you :P Both on this card and on the 14 postcards-day :))

and im curious about the new country too :)

if you dont mind, ill definitely add this card to my favourites too! :)

Оксана said...

I know you like cards showing aurora borealis as well :)) The ones that I saw one your blog are very beautiful. I wonder, what does the color of northern lights depend on? :) On most cards and photos that I've seen it was green, but for example on this one it's rather pink... But I know that even if someone tries to explain it to me, I won't ever understand physics :)

By the way, if you want, I can tell you how to contact the person, who sent me this card, she's open for swaps on postcrossing and the forum, so you might ask her :) Otherwise it may be hard to get a card from Chukotka, I doubt if there are many postcard collectors among the 50 000 people that live there :))

Ana said...

thank you! that would be really nice, as long as it doesnt impose any unnecessary overload to this person :)

btw, after i read your post about Chukotka, i just had to look up things about it, and i was reading and reading....this place just really fascinates me...imagine the vastness of Russia, and then how remote this place is from the Russia i have in my head...its like a totally different world..plus you have Alaska on the other side...this just feels soooo surreal! Such things really fascinate me...extremes and contradictions!

You wouldnt believe me, but i even dreamt about all this that night!

ok, i think i abused your blog enough actually :)