Putorana Plateau is the northernmost and one of the most ancient volcanic plateaus. Its total area is 2 million hectares (~5 million acres). It is located to the south of the Taymyr Peninsula and to the East of the largest city beyond the Arctic Circle — Norilsk.
It takes up the major part of a vast rectangle formed by the rivers Yenisei, Kheta, Kotuy, and Nizhnyaya (Lower) Tunguska and occupies an area of 250,000 square meters. Hundreds of thousands of years ago the plateau was home to glaciers. As a result of their movement the plateau was divided by flat-bottomed canyons with steep walls up to several meters high. The highest point is 1,701 m. This is the Kamen (Stone) Mountain — the highest point on the Central Siberian Plateau.
The narrow long lakes here leave a lasting impression. These are some of the deepest (Khantai Lake's maximum depth is 520 m) and the most beautiful lakes in Russia. In a deep mountain valley there is a drainage lake with high steep shores — Lama Lake. Its area equals 466 square kilometers and it's maximum depth is 208 m. The temperature of the water in Lama Lake is rather low — about 4°C, even in summer. The Putorana Plateau is often called «The land of ten thousand lakes and a thousand waterfalls». There is no place in Russia that has more waterfalls. There is also the highest waterfall in Eurasia — Talnikovy Waterfall, at a height of 482 m.
The Putorana plateau is in a zone of permafrost. The winter here is extremely cold — the temperature may drop to 44°C below zero — so the best time to visit this place is summer, especially the polar day period (July 11–August 2). The absolute temperature maximum during this time is 30°C. At the same time you can raft down the rivers Khugdyakit, Ambardah, and Maimecha, which also offer excellent opportunities for fishing.
The southern part of the Putorana plateau is on the borderline between subarctic and temperate zones, which results in an extremely diverse wildlife.
In addition, the plateau is well-known to ufologists. Many unusual phenomena were detected in the sky here. Also, the plateau is in the top ten places in Russia visited by UFOs, according to SETI.
The Putorana Plateau is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (in 2003).
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