Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sikhote-Alin - Russia

Sikhote-Alin is my 20th unesco site from Russia, which means i still need 4 sites from there.

Olya "reddew" sent me this card and this is how i got it. Every postcrosser receives a damaged card every now and then. In this case is a bit sad because this is kind of an hard to get unesco site but these things happens and this won't be a problem.

I just don't understand what happened to the stamps. This label in a croatian address, was covering the stamps. Olya said that the stamps also represented the Sikhote-Alin and this label was really annoying me. How is this possible? Fortunately, i was able to remove the label and saved the stamps.

"The Sikhote-Alin is a mountain range in Primorsky and Khabarovsk Krais, Russia, extending about 900 km to the northeast of the Russian Pacific seaport of Vladivostok

Sikhote-Alin comprises one of the most extraordinary temperate zones in the world. Species typical of northern taiga (such as reindeer and the Ussuri Brown Bear) coexist with tropical species, the Amur leopard, Siberian tiger, and the Asiatic Black Bear. The region holds very few wolves, due to competition with tigers. The oldest tree in the region is a millennium-old Japanese yew.
In 2001, UNESCO placed Sikhote-Alin onto the World Heritage List, citing its importance for "the survival of endangered species such as the Chinese Merganser, Blakiston's Fish Owl, and the Amur tiger"." - in: wikipedia

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