Lena Pillars Nature Park Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List + Links to Photographs

Lena Pillars on the Lena River in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Lena Pillars on the Lena River in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Lena Pillars on the Lena River in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Great news arrived yesterday from UNESCO HQ in Paris. Yakutia’s Lena Pillars Nature Park was officially announced on Monday morning by The World Heritage Committee to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It was the last site to be inscribed during this year’s session.

What is Lena Pillars Nature Park?

Lena Pillars Nature Park is marked by spectacular rock pillars that reach a height of approximately 100 metres along the banks of the Lena River in the central part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). They were produced by the region’s extreme continental climate with an annual temperature range of almost 100 degrees Centigrade (from -60°C in winter to +40°C in summer). The pillars form rocky buttresses isolated from each other by deep and steep gullies developed by frost shattering directed along intervening joints. Penetration of water from the surface has facilitated cryogenic processes (freeze-thaw action), which have widened gullies between pillars leading to their isolation. Fluvial processes are also critical to the pillars. The site also contains a wealth of Cambrian fossil remains of numerous species, some of them unique.

Via UNESCO

Lena Pillars Photograps You Might Have Missed

We published many posts with photographs of fascinating Lena Pillars. Here’s the list to check:

43 photos of Lena Pillars by Ajar Varlamov;

Stone pillars on the Lena River in the early June. Photographs by Elena Atlasova;

An autumn river cruise to Lena Pillars on the Mechanic Koulibin passenger ship. Pictures by Ajar Varlamov;

Photographs of the Lena River cruise to Lena Pillars on the Demian Bednyi ship.

To find more posts, use the tag Lena Pillars.

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