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Kamchatka: The land of fire and ice

19:30 AEST Thu Nov 22 2012
Dermott went about as far from home as he could possibly be. So vast is Russia, the 1250 kilometre long Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far east had him closer to Los Angeles than to Moscow.

The peninsula hangs from Siberia and is greater in area than Germany, Austria and Belgium combined. It lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk. The 10,500 metre deep Kuril-Kamchatka Trench runs immediately offshore along the Pacific coast.

Kamchatka is one of Russia’s most spectacular regions. It’s known as the land of fire and ice with four mountain ridges - Sredinny, Valaginsky, Ganalsky and Kumroch - stretching from north to south, giving the appearance of a giant fish, and over 160 volcanoes, 29 of them active. It has hot springs, long ski seasons, rewarding fishing, bears in their natural habitat and a great variety of fauna and flora.

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