Volunteers of the Arctic published a book about Vilkitsky Island
17:13 14 марта 2019
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The book “Volunteers of the Arctic” was published in Yamal. It tells about the ecological expedition to Vilkitsky Island. One of the volunteers Georgiy Andreev is the initiator of its creation. He offered to combine memories of the volunteers. The big amount of reminiscences was accumulated during 2 years. In addition, the large number of photos was collected during this time. This information was given to a correspondent of the news agency “Sever-Press” by the head of the volunteer movement “Volunteers of the Arctic” Yevgeniy Rozhkovskiy.
There are two interesting stories in the book called “Dreams of the island”.
According to Yevgeniy Rozhkovskiy, it turned out that grandmother and grandfather of one of the expedition participants Kirill from St. Petersburg had worked on Vilkitsky Island in the far-away Soviet times. They were great romantics, and after the wedding they went on a romantic trip to the island, and stayed to live there. Grandfather worked as a meteorologist; grandmother had no specialized education, thus, she worked in a boiler room. Six months later she studied the Morse code and sent weather reports to Dikson Island. They lived on Vilkitsky Island during three years. When the woman became an expecting mother, they had to return to Leningrad.
This summer the volunteers will continue to clean Vilkitsky Island in the Kara Sea. The competitive selection will begin in March and last till June. The most courageous and hardy volunteers will be selected for each shift. They will be tested in absentia and in training camps. In addition, it is planned to conduct scientific research there.
During two years of the expedition the volunteers cleared territory of the polar weather station with the area 10 hectares, as well as 20 hectares of the adjoining territory of the former military unit and the entire coastline of the island. They collected 129 tonnes of metal. Total cleaning of Vilkitsky Island will take 3-4 years.