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Locals like to say that Chelyabinsk Oblast is treated kindly by both underground and heavenly gods. The famous Ural semi-precious stones are mined in this region: the underground treasures whose stories all Russians grow up with. Not that long ago, the region's capital was visited by a gift from the sky–a meteorite which was recorded by hundreds of cameras in the city. It can now be seen in a museum. As well as semi-precious stones, the Southern Ural Mountains are home to skiing resorts and national parks.More about the region