Duga known as the Russian Woodpecker – Military Radar Station in Chernobyls Irradiated Forest

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It looks like something out of a science fiction movie, inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone. A former top secret military object used by the Soviet Union, the mysterious giant antenna system called the Duga-3, was the origin of an extremely powerful but anonymous signal between 1976 to 1989. The sharp, tapping signal came without warning, disrupting broadcasts and communications worldwide. Transmission power on some woodpecker transmitters was estimated to be as high as 10 MW EIRP. It was built in the 70\’s as an early missile detection system (over-the-horizon radar system). It was also called the Steel Yard hence its distinctive appearance. The towers are incredible feats of engineering: the big ones measure 479 feet tall and spans a length of 2,460 feet (nearly half a mile). The antenna was deactivated in 1989.

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Peterhof – The Russian Versailles

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Peterhof is an amazing symbol of Peter the Great and Russian baroque garden inspired by Versailles and designed by a pupil of Le Notre. Peterhof is comprised of several different areas and buildings including the Grand Peterhof Palace, the Upper Gardens, the Lower Gardens, along with several pavilions and museums. Fountains are a major attraction of the parks of Petrodvorets (former Peterhof). They render festive splendour and brilliance to the whole of the Peterhof ensemble, a unique monument to the victory in the Northern War which turned Russia into a strong maritime power.

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The Baikal is the Deepest Lake in the World

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Lake Baikal is located in the south of Eastern Siberia, in the Buryat Autonomous Republic and the Region of Irkutsk, Russia. It is One of the biggest and most ancient lakes of world. It covers 31,500 sq. km and is 636 km long, an average of 48 km wide. Its water basin occupies about 557,000 sq. km and contains about 23,000 cu. km of water, that is, about one fifth of the world’s reserves of fresh surface-water and over 80 per cent of the fresh water in the former Soviet Union. The Baikal is the deepest lake in the world. Its average depth is 730 m. and its maximum depth in the middle – 1,620 m.

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