Angara - the daughter of Baikal

Ангара (Angara river)

In the times of old, mighty Baikal was jovial and kindly. All of his heart was given to his only daughter Angara. There was nothing under the heavens to supersede her beauty. By day she was bright — brighter than the sky, by night she was dark — darker than a storm-cloud. Whoever passed by her, everyone marvelled at her, and praised her. Even the itinerant birds: geese, swans, cranes — descended nethermost, but seldom took to the water.

 

THE LEGEND OF ANGARA

THE LEGEND OF ANGARA

In the times of old, mighty Baikal was jovial and kindly. All of his heart was given to his only daughter Angara. There was nothing under the heavens to supersede her beauty. By day she was bright — brighter than the sky, by night she was dark — darker than a storm-cloud. Whoever passed by her, everyone marvelled at her, and praised her. Even the itinerant...
19 мая 2015 Многомамка 0 комментариев 654 просмотра
THE UNIQUE SIBERIAN RIVER

THE UNIQUE SIBERIAN RIVER

All but in the middle of Asia, amid the forested mountains of Siberian wilderness, there stretches the largest fresh-water lake of the world — Lake Baikal. Its waters, overflowing an underwater rock ridge, escape the depression in a powerful current and rush towards River Yenisei, evolving along their way of 1779 km into one of the greatest and most peculiar...
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FROM THE UPPER REACHES DOWN TO THE ESTUARY (Instead of a Guide-Book).

FROM THE UPPER REACHES DOWN TO THE ESTUARY (Instead of a Guide-Book).

River Angara is fabled for its uniqueness.  The beauty of Siberia, it has many attractions, from the purest aquamarine tint of Lake Baikal in its headwaters to vast expanses of reservoirs midstream and picturesque forested banks, islands, and rapids in its lower reaches. A trip along the river and its tributaries and reservoirs is both a wonderful...
23 мая 2015 Многомамка 0 комментариев 339 просмотров
RIVER ANGARA — THE OFFSPRING OF LAKE BAIKAL.

RIVER ANGARA — THE OFFSPRING OF LAKE BAIKAL.

Should one decide to spend one’s holiday on River Angara, it is highly recommended to start one’s trip from the upper reaches of Lake Baikal’s only daughter. Then, depending on one’s schedule and means of transportation, one can travel either the whole stretch of the river, or just certain reaches of it of one’s preference, make stops...
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IRKUTSK RESERVOIR

IRKUTSK RESERVOIR

Irkutsk Reservoir is the first in the River Angara chain of artificial water-bodies. It originated as a result of the construction of the dam of Irkutsk Hydro in 1956 and was accumulating its full storage for 7 years. Meanwhile the affluent of the dam forced its way back into Lake Baikal, raising its average long-term level by 1 m. Thus, on the one hand, the valley of...
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BETWEEN IRKUTSK AND USOL'YE-SIBIRSKOE

BETWEEN IRKUTSK AND USOL'YE-SIBIRSKOE

A trip from Irkutsk downstream River Angara usually ends in Bratsk. This route 613 km long falls into two distinctive stretches. The upstream reaches 113 km long from Irkutsk Hydro down to the city Usol’ye-Sibirskoye and still somewhat farther on (Narym river-arm opposite the estuary of River Belaya), where River Angara mostly preserved in its natural condition...
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BRATSK RESERVOIR

BRATSK RESERVOIR

113 km north-west from Irkutsk, in the vicinity of Bol’shoi island and Narym river-arm, almost opposite River Belaya estuary, the third major tributary of River Angara, the affluent of Bratsk Reservoir comes distinctly into evidence in the river. The reservoir originated following the construction of Bratsk Hydro, which is a second stage of the River Angara...
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UST'-ILIMSK RESERVOIR

UST'-ILIMSK RESERVOIR

In the immediate vicinity of the after-bay of Bratsk Hydro (1110 km from River Angara upper reaches), the affluent of the next power plant of the Chain could be perceived. Ust’-Ilimsk Reservoir was accumulating its full storage between the years 1974-1977. Working on a well-regulated, by the two preceding reservoirs, discharge of River Angara, only seasonal...
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THE LOWER REACHES OF RIVER ANGARA — THE «WILD RIVER».

THE LOWER REACHES OF RIVER ANGARA — THE «WILD RIVER».

Beyond the dam of Ust’-Ilimsk Hydro, there begins the stretch of River Angara that is still preserved in its natural condition. This is the only place (not taking into account the stretch below Irkutsk that was to a considerable degree developed by man) to see the river in its original condition, the way it used to be in the upper reaches. Vast volume of water is...
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ALONG THE TRIBUTARIES OF RIVER ANGARA

ALONG THE TRIBUTARIES OF RIVER ANGARA

River Angara basin has a thick network of rivers. About 51 thousand water-flows with combined length of 220 thousand km order, are counted there. The major part of this hydrographic network is constituted by small rivers, while 20 rivers exceed the length of 200 km, and only six rivers are longer than 500 km (River Angara itself, rivers Tchuna, Biryusa, Oka, Ilim,...
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THE RIVER AND THE PEOPLE.  From the history of exploration and development of River Angara.

THE RIVER AND THE PEOPLE. From the history of exploration and development of River Angara.

River Angara Basin was populated since the old times. Archeological discoveries give evidence that human settlements existed in River Angara basin already in Paleolithic (That is, several thousand years B.C.). The traces of their presence: nomadic camps, permanent settlements, tomb-hills, burial grounds, irrigation networks, drawings on the walls of caves and rock...
3 июля 2015 Многомамка 0 комментариев 543 просмотра
RIVER ANGARA SERVES MAN

RIVER ANGARA SERVES MAN

There is neither a single aspect of human life, nor a single industry that could do without water. Water is by far more valuable natural resource than petroleum, coal, timber, metals. Any natural or man-made product could be substituted by another, but there is no substitution for water. Human life had always been inseparable from water, and nowadays this bond is stronger...
4 июля 2015 Многомамка 0 комментариев 365 просмотров
THE ENERGY OF THE CHAIN

THE ENERGY OF THE CHAIN

The use of water as a source of energy has a long history in The Riverside: the energy of falling water in small rivers and streams was setting in motion the water-wheels of mills and other works a long time ago. A large-scale development of hydroelectric power generation, however, started in the ’50s of the present century on River Angara. The first-born of the...
5 июля 2015 Многомамка 0 комментариев 415 просмотров
THE BLUE WATERWAYS

THE BLUE WATERWAYS

Hundreds of freight and passengers ships plough the blue waterways of The Riverside. «East-Sibe-rian River Lines» is one of the oldest industries of the region: its direct predecessor, S.Myasnikov’s «Baikal Steamlines» will turn 150 in 1994.Waterways of River Angara basin allow for a fairly broad zone of operation. In the Lower Riverside, where...
6 июля 2015 Многомамка 0 комментариев 401 просмотр
WATER AND CITIES

WATER AND CITIES

The abundance of aquatic resources determined the allocation of major water-consuming industries: hydro and thermal power stations, timber-processing complexes that include pulp and paper mills, petrochemical facilities and general chemical works, hydrolysis plants and ore beneficiation factories in The Riverside. All the cities within the basin gravitate towards rivers,...
7 июля 2015 Многомамка 0 комментариев 329 просмотров
AQUA MIRABILIS

AQUA MIRABILIS

Irrigated farmlands occupy 30 thousand hectares in The Riverside, which makes for somewhat less than 1% of the total available arable land, or 0.5% of irrigated land of Russia. Irrigation is predominantly operated in arid districts of forested steppe in Irkutsk-Tcheremkhovo Plain for crop and vegetable farming, watering of pastures and hay-fields. As different from...
8 июля 2015 Многомамка 0 комментариев 310 просмотров
AQUATIC FIELD

AQUATIC FIELD

Industrial fishing takes rather insignificant position in the economy of The Riverside at present. Only about 1.5-2.0 thousand ton of fish is harvested in River Angara basin annually, which makes for 15-20% of the total catch within the combined Angara and Yenisei basins or approximately 0.7-0.8 of the combined catch on all internal freshwater bodies of Russia. It should also be...
9 июля 2015 Многомамка 0 комментариев 308 просмотров
AQUATIC RECREATION

AQUATIC RECREATION

Aquatic recreation has a particular appeal to human nature. The majority of resorts, holiday hotels, tourist lounges and sports camps, the bulk of short-term camping grounds and suburban recreation zones are located either directly on the banks of rivers and/or other water bodies or in their immediate vicinity in The Riverside. Aquatic resources of River Angara basin are...
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