Mutnovsky ,Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia


Mutnovsky ,Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

Mutnovsky ,Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

Mutnovsky (RussianМутновский) is a complex volcano located in the southern part of Kamchatka PeninsulaRussia. It is one of the most active volcanoes of southern Kamchatka; the latest eruption was recorded in 2000. At the foot of the Mutnovsky lies a geyser field, popularly known as the Lesser Valley of Geysers.More than 260 years later the Kamchatka Peninsula is still a hot and shaky place, a 750-mile-long (1,200-kilometer-long) scimitar of land frequently jolted by eruptions—big, explosive eruptions—in a string of volcanoes that is one of the most volatile on Earth. Of Kamchatka's hundred-plus volcanoes, 29 are active. The largest, Klyuchevskoy, pours out an average of 60 million tons (54 metric tons) of basalt a year.
Late last summer I spent a month in Kamchatka stalking volcanic eruptions with a team that included French explorers Franck Tessier and Irène Margaritis, German photographer Carsten Peter, and a Russian guide named Feodor Farberov. Carsten—41, blond, and buzzing with energy—has spent his life documenting volcanoes with a camera. The closer he gets, the better he likes it.
Not so Feodor, a stolid, muscular, bearded mountaineer of 39. The son of two volcanologists, he was born in a village at the foot of Klyuchevskoy and grew up with the dangers and discomforts of volcano research. In the field "volcanic ash covered everything," he recalled. "Our water, our air, even our food tasted and smelled of sulfur." Having seen "enough eruptions for a lifetime," Feodor likes his mountains cold, quiet, and covered with snow for skiing.

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