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Uploaded on Saturday 09 Mar 2013 by Peter Prokosch

Polygon Tundra in the Lena delta, Russia

The Lena delta is one of the largest still pristine river deltas in the world. Its many naturally meandering arms form a magnificent tree-like shape. And ice wedges in the fine sediments of the treeless tundra form regular polygons with small ponds. The internationally important wetland is protected, the Ust-Lensky Zapovednik (nature reserve) is one of different types of protected areas of the delta. The whole of the Lena Delta area has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sakha Republic (Yakutia) implemented an ambitious protected area plan in the 1990s, which WWF has honored as "Gift to the Earth".
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