This is Norilsk city. Located in Russian Siberia this city hosts the biggest in Russia factory producing “rare” metals. It is even can be called a world leader when speaking about the worldwide production share it contributes. That’s like 35% of palladium production, 25% of platinum, 20% of nickel, 10% of cobalt that are being made in modern world come from Norilsk, which makes it having number one of such kind factories in Russia. The price they pay for this is that 2% of total world CO2 production is coming from this city too. The area of 100 000 hectares (50,000 acres) around the city is consists of burned down forests. It was widely recognized one of the worst ecology city in the world and the average life expectancy is ten years less than the average values across the Russia.
Those photos were made there this May, and as you can see that’s not a warmest place in the world too. It’s common to have the snow in May out there.
But life is still going on. More than 160,000 people live there today, and children of the city still think that their place is the best place in the world, as we all someday thought back in our childhood.
Sunday, July 08, 2012
11 responses to "Hell on Earth - Norilsk in Russia"
"Brother, it is so sad to live without hope ! When I look forward I shudder at the future. I move in a cold arctic atmosphere, wherein no sunlight ever pierces. For a long time I have not had a single outbreak of inspiration. . . . Hence I feel as the Prisoner of Chillon felt after his brother's death. The Paradise-bird of poetry will never, never visit me again never again warm my frozen soul. You say that I am reserved; but all my former dreams have long since forsaken me, and from those glorious arabesques that I once could fashion all the gilding has disappeared. The thoughts that used to kindle my soul and heart have lost their glow and ardency; or else my heart is numbed, or else. ... I am afraid to go on with that sentence. I won't admit that all the past was a dream, a bright golden dream."
When i read the article and then the comments and of course after learning about theis city and the liveng conditions i felt for various resons very sad, i know that it is your home land but i find it very difficult to live in such conditions. I really admire your strenght and courage and feel a lot of sympathy for the people who have such inner strenght and can go on.!!!
Strange title- Hell on Earth. Because it is cold and does not have pleasures of party-life style? I am 100% sure that despite those 2% of CO2 pollution contribution to the world atmosphere, the Norilsk atmosphere is still cleaner and much cleaner than that of Los Angeles, USA, where people prefer to ride to a corner convenience store. The moral qualities of people are much better than in LA, where recreational marijuana is so legalized, that one can have up to 8 oz of weed on them plus grow 12 plants of weed at home, or where adoption of children by gay couples legalized. That is sick, that is hell.
I would love to move there, or live there for awhile. I believe the future is in Russia/ Siberia, where there is a lot of money to be made, not in the U.S., where everyone lives in your head and is insane.
Well, all those ugly buildings don't make it the most attractive place on earth, especially for heat lovers, but maybe calling it hell is a bit too much. It's funny how the city is full of murales featuring flowers and vegetation. I wonder what the Norilsk youth thinks of their city.