Bar in the permafrost and the Yakut diamonds
• Bar in the permafrost Yakutia diamonds and
One of the most interesting places in Yakutsk - Permafrost Museum, which opened in the old tunnel near the town. This tunnel was drilled in 1989 and the idea it was intended for food storage. Later it was closed as superfluous, and in 2008 the production has become one of the local travel agencies.
Now is a unique cave, where a year-round temperature is maintained in the region of minus 5-10 degrees. The walls of the museum are covered with frost, and the whole earth is permeated with icy veins. The area is divided into several different rooms and spaces in each of which are ice sculptures. For children there is the residence of Santa Claus, and for adults - a bar where vodka served in ice glasses.
Besides permafrost museum we visited the exhibition "Treasury of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)." Here you can see the largest diamond the size of a quail's egg. The exhibition is part of the State Fund of Precious Metals and Precious Stones of the Republic and, in my opinion, should be protected better than the American Fort Knox ...
On this map Yakutia clearly shows what part of the country that is mined. It can be seen that the left of the Lena River are concentrated mainly hydrocarbons (oil, diamonds), and the right - gold and platinum:
National Yakut sun glasses from silver. Thing, especially in winter, is very necessary. Glasses at the time was not, therefore, the master cut two slits
platinum nuggets. Unfortunately, the scale could not put anything in the frame, but the entire bottom row of pebbles at least one and a half centimeters:
This nuggets of gold. It lies on top of the biggest - the size of a fist. Each piece has its own interesting way, and some of them give similar names:
An ingot of gold 99, 999. It weighs almost 13 kilograms:
The contents of this dish will be enough to buy a small country in Europe:
Rhinestone. Master somehow "scratched" him from the inside, making the figure of the baby:
Huge diamonds. Each of them has its own name and history, or their discovery is dedicated to an individual. For example, one of the diamond is named "Vladimir Vysotsky":
The Kingdom of the permafrost. By the way, before the opening of the museum, the only place where they could come into contact with this phenomenon, were underground laboratory of Permafrost Institute (there is and such):
The residence of Santa Claus. According to the museum hosts annually here comes Santa Claus from Great Ustyug to exchange experiences with the local Lord of the Cold Chyskhaanom:
Besides ice sculptures here and there's such installations:
Interestingly presented exposition fish species found in Lena. They are frozen in a huge block of ice, and the lump itself is carved in the form of fishes:
Ice bed with bearskin:
And this is a long-awaited Ice Bar:
It was very nice after a 30-degree heat to go down to this cold realm and lie down on a bed of ice: