September 30, 2015
Expedition participants become acquainted
with Bely Island
After having completed extensive research in the Gulf of Ob and the Taz Estuary, the R/V Kartesh proceeded back to Murmansk. Photographers Vladimir Vaskin, Alexander Terekhov and Andrey Yermakov got on board the vessel to capture picturesque landscapes of the Arctic at new locations. The first planned stop was Bely Island, which is separated from the Yamal Peninsula by the Malygin Strait. As soon as Kartesh left the Gulf of Ob, the Kara Sea met the vessel with rough waves. The sea, calm and smooth as glass just a while ago, seemed to be demonstrating its unruly temper. Bely Island gave a cold shoulder as well: a piercing cold wind was blowing, floating icy sand-grains all over the island. It seemed that a sandstorm was approaching. The wind burned participants’ hands, and the photographers had trouble changing objectives.
Bely Island is a low, flat island sown with submerged logs of relict fossilized wood. The coast is swampy and covered with wild grasses. The expedition participants visited a 1933-founded weather station and assured for themselves of the critical environmental condition of the island, caused by piled production waste.