The exhibition “Pole of Cold: dependable machines, iron men” has opened at Kazan international airport
The exposition displayed in the lounge of Terminal 1 and 1A, it tells about Kazan divers trip to the most severe place of the North hemisphere – Oymyakon. During the expedition a world record was set, valuable scientific data was gathered for biologists.
Researchers have studied 2 lakes near Yakut Oymyakon – Labynkyr and Vorota. Divers have made descends to a different depth, descending from both an open air and a tent. Participants of the expedition had the opportunity for deep-sea night diving as well.
“Temperatures we were working with on the Pole of Cold were impressive, at times, the thermometer went down to -65 degrees Celsius, freezing not only body, but soul. At first, no one could believe that these researches are possible. I thought of how to make photo equipment work under such conditions. Eventually, underwater research team from the Russian Geographical Society managed to solve all problems. As a journalist, I wanted to tell about courage of our Kazan guys, who could do something that no one has ever done before in human history,” said Anton Raikhshtat, expedition participant and creator of photography project.
Divers Dmitry Shiller and Aleksander Gubin have set 2 world records. First, they descended in Labynkyr lake to a depth of 52 meters 30 centimeters, then they researched Vorota lake and descended to a 59 meters 60 centimeters depth. These are the deepest points of the lakes that they succeeded in finding after repeated measurements. Board member of CMAS, Bazhena Ostoich, reported the success of the dive.
The goal of the researches was to collect core and water samples in winter, studying reaction of the human body and equipment to the extreme conditions.
Collected core and water samples were handed to biologists. Divers have worked together with scientists of Institute for Biological Problems of Cryolithozone in RAS Siberian branch, who conducted a range of field researches, part of samples will be studied in the laboratory.
The free of charge exhibition is available 24 hours a day in the lounge between Terminal 1 and 1A.