The interactive project-contest titled “Top Unique Objects of the Altai Territory” will be held from February 15 to May 19, 2018. It is implemented by the Altai regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society.
Anyone may participate in the project, as well as vote for the favorite object of the region. The materials collected during the project implementation will be used to create an information and printing publication dedicated to the unique natural and cultural-historical objects of the Altai Territory.
The territory of the region belongs to two physiographical regions: The West Siberian Plain and Altay-Sayan highlands. The mountains occupy eastern and southern parts of the region, while the western and northern ones have campaign landscape.The climate is severe, with long cold dry winters and hot, usually dry summers. The regions main waterway is the Ob River. The rivers of Biya, Katun, and Chuya are also important. The biggest lakes are Kulundinskoye, Kuchukskoye, and Mikhaylovskoye. The Altay Territory has huge reserves of raw materials, especial materials used for building, as well as significant mineral reserves. These include nonferrous metals, lead and iron ores, manganese, tungsten, molybdenum, bauxite, and gold. Forests cover about 60,000 km² of the region’s land.
A dense network of the railways covers the Altay Territory. Their total mileage is 1803 kilometres, and 866 from them are the railways of the industrial establishments.The longest railway of the region, Novosibirsk – Barnaul – Semipalatinsk is used for the transshipment from the eastern regions of the country to the Central Asia, the South-Siberian railway – to the western regions of Russia.The highway transportation facilities of the region tie all the district centres with Barnaul, the capital of the region. Two federal highways M-52 and A-349 are go through the territory of the Altay Territory.Flying from the airport of Barnaul you can reach 30 other cities of Russia and some foreign ones.
Author: Anna Dorozhkina