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Jul/17

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Amazing Nature of Iturup Island

Iturup is an island of the southern group of the Kuril Islands, the largest island of the archipelago and part of the Sakhalin region.

The nature of this island is amazingly picturesque. On the coast you can see beautiful contrast of white pumice cliffs and black hexagonal pillars of volcanic magma. Iturup on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Dolya.

natural beauty of Iturup

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Cape Stolbchaty is located in the east of Kunashir Island in the Sakhalin region. It consists of layers of basaltic lava of Mendeleev volcano with a well defined columnar jointing in the form of 5- and 6-sided columns.

As a result of erosion, volcanic rocks are gradually destroyed forming spectacular, 40-50 meter high cliffs. Thanks to its unique and picturesque landscape, this cape is a popular tourist site. Cape Stolbchaty on Google Maps. Photos by: lusika33.

Cape Stolbchaty, Kunashir Island, Russia, photo 1

amazing place

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Sep/15

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Abandoned tanks on Shikotan Island

Shikotan, meaning “the best place”, is the largest island of the Lesser Kuril Islands, part of the Sakhalin region. Japan disputes Russia’s ownership of Shikotan; it sees it as part of Nemuro province, Hokkaido prefecture.

Until 1855, the island was part of the Russian Empire. February 7, 1855, according to the Russian-Japanese treaty of trade and boundaries (“Shimoda Treaty”), the island was given to Japan with the rest of the southern Kurils. In 1945, after Japan’s defeat in World War II, the islands were captured by the Soviet Union.

Abandoned tanks, Shikotan Island, Sakhalin region, Russia, photo 1

the island of tanks

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