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…above the ground. They search for the places like the one shown in the following photos – 250 meters antenna tower located somewhere near Kharkov city.

Of course it is not safe but the feelings of freedom and endless space that you experience while climbing and staying on the top are priceless. Photos by Pasha Itkin

Climbing the 250 meter tower, Kharkov oblast, Ukraine photo 1

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May/12

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Spring in the Chernobyl exclusion zone

The exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in 1986-1987 called 30-kilometer zone, is a forbidden for free access area, contaminated with radionuclides as a result of explosion at Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Chernobyl zone includes the northern part of Ivankovsky district of Kiev region, where the power plant itself, the towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat are located; north of the Polesie district of Kiev region; as well as the part of Zhitomir region. The population of the area was evacuated. Photos by tov_sergeant.

Spring in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Ukraine view 1

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Abandoned opencast brown coal mine Morozovskiy is located near the city of Oleksandriya (Kirovograd oblast). The enterprise is under liquidation, coal mining is not carried out for 5 years, despite the fact that the brown coal reserves are sufficient for at least another 20 years of active mining.

The mine is flooded by groundwater. Several machines were built before the Second World War. Photos by general-kosmosa.

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“Mlynki” is a horizontal gypsum cave of labyrinth type. It is located in Ternopil oblast (Chortkiv district, Zalissya village) and is one of the most beautiful gypsum caves in Ukraine. The total length of the passages is about 45 km.

The temperature in the cave in summer and winter is always a constant of about 9-12 degrees Celsius. The average depth from the surface is 30-60 meters and 300 meters above sea level.

Gorgeous underground universe of Mlynki cave, Ukraine view 1

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Mar/12

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The time-lapse video of Crimea

Crimea was one of the most famous resorts in the Russian Empire and later the Soviet Union. Today Crimea remains a favorite resort of Ukrainians and Russians because of its warm sea, clean air and bright sun.

Crimea is also a popular resort place because of numerous hot springs, mineral waters and the mud baths of Saky. A series of invasions has made the art, architecture and other parts of culture of Crimea what it is today.

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Feb/12

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Karabi – the land of hundreds of caves

Karabi is a mountain karst plateau located in the Crimea, where on a relatively small area hundreds of caves can be found. The average height of the plateau is about 1000 meters above the sea level; the highest point is Mount Tai-Koba (1262 meters).

The plateau has an abundance of different types of karst cavities – caves, mines, and tunnels. Because of this the area is very popular among cavers.

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The January weather in the Crimea and, in particular, in Sevastopol is pretty cold (about minus 10-15 degrees Celsius). The beach is empty and covered in ice.

Sometimes the beach is looking like the remains of the lair of aliens from the famous movie with all this slime and other strange objects. The photos were taken by aquatek-filips who miraculously escaped before the aliens came back :)

Frozen beach - the lair of aliens, Sevastopol, Ukraine view 1

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At the end of 1950 according to a special decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR it was decided to create special bases to store nuclear weapons. The main objectives were to assemble and store nuclear devices, replace the weapons with expiring warranty period, test electronic and mechanical components, and give nuclear weapons to the army for combat use.

One of such bases called Feodosia-13 was built in Kiziltashskaya Valley (near Sudak and Feodosia cities in the Crimea).

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The Valley of Ghosts is a numerous collection of stone sculptures on the slopes of the Southern Demerdzhi Mountain located near Alushta city.

The shapes of stone figures resemble human figures, animals, mysterious creatures, objects, and, depending on time of day and lighting, their images are changing. In addition thick fog is common there.

The Valley of Ghosts, Alushta, Crimea, Ukraine view 1

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The Marble Cave is a cave located in Crimea, on the lower plateau of Chatyr-Dag mountain, a popular tourist site. In 1987, Simferopol speleologists discovered unique huge cave with a complex system of halls and galleries. It was named The Marble Cave. The entrance to the cave is located at 920 meters above sea level.

After detailed research the cave was equipped with concrete paths, handrails, lighting for speleological tours. The Marble Cave was opened to the public in 1989. It has been visited by several hundred thousand visitors since that time.

The Marble Cave, Crimea, Ukraine view 1

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