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Putorana Plateau (Плато Путорана)

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Location: Krasnoyarsk Krai  Map

Area: 1 773 300 ha

 

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Description of Putorana Plateau

Putorana Plateau covers an enormous area of 1 773 300 ha in Krasnoyarsk Krai in Russia. The highest peak on the Putorana Plateau is Mount Kamen ("rock" in Russia) that reaches a height of 1700 meters (5,600 ft). Putorana Plateau is a basalt plateau on the North- West edge of the Central Siberia. It is named after a Putorana Lake in its center. Local Evenki tribe gave the lake its name and can be translated as "smoky" or "cloudy" since it is commonly covered by a fog. Although another local tribe of Yukagirs claim that name as their own and believe it comes from a name that can be translated as the "Mountain without tops". Whatever the entomology of the name might be one is certain, all indigenous inhabitants of these lands considered Putorana Plateau as sacred ground inhabited by a God of Fire. Beautiful legend was probably formed during early human explorers who remembered the time when Putorana Plateau saw active volcanic activity or showed signs of past eruptions on the surface. Ancient shamans came here to pray, meditate, perform elaborate religious ceremonies and leave offerings to the gods. Majority of people were not allowed here.

 

The first European explorers came here in 1842- 45 by a Russian geographical expedition. In 1930's presence of ethnic Russians have surged. New technologies turned Putorana Plateau into an important source of various materials needed for industrial revolution that was undertaken by the Soviet government. Local native tribes (evenki, nenets, nganasan and many others), nevertheless, often refused to join the "civilized" form of live and still continue their traditional way of life by herding caribou deer, hunting and fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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