Kurile Lake, Kamchatka Krai

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Kurile Lake is a caldera and crater lake in Kamchatka, Russia. It is also known as Kurilskoye Lake or Kuril Lake. It is part of the Eastern Volcanic Zone of Kamchatka which, together with the Sredinny Range, forms one of the volcanic belts of Kamchatka. These volcanoes form from the subduction of the Pacific Plate beneath the Okhotsk Plate and the Asian Plate.
Before the Kurile Lake caldera formed, the Pauzhetka caldera was active during the Pleistocene and was the origin of the 443,000 ± 8,000 years old Golygin ignimbrite. The Kurile Lake caldera erupted 41,500 years ago and another small eruption occurred between 9,000 and 10,000 years ago; then 6460–6414 BC a very large eruption took place, forming the present-day caldera and the Kurile Lake ignimbrite and deposited ash as far as away. This eruption has a volume of 140-, making it a VEI 7-class eruption and one of the largest during the Holocene. Subsequently, the volcanoes Diky Greben and Ilinsky grew around the caldera; the last eruption from Ilinsky was in 1911.
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  • Flying by helicopter, it is recommended for the lovers of nature and bears, to feel like the expedition of the researchers of nature. We visited there in August when the bears gathered in the masses to devour the salons that reach the lake from the ocean to spawn. An experience you won't find anywhere else.
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  • Three days were spent on the cordon of the Lake District of The South Kamchatka Reserve on the very shore of Kuril Lake. Employees of the tourist reserve are supported by several bear-watching points, such as "The Fence" - a place of counting the red fish that swims into the lake during spawning, where the place after the departure of the bears; the observation tower near the "Herbal" cordon - shallow water when entering the Kuril Lake one of the rivers, and others. However, the bears periodically pass by the fence surrounding the camp itself. And even periodically wander on the wharf. Also, local inspectors, who because of the large number of foreign tourists are more often called rangers, lead groups on several approved routes. There is a camping site, cafes, well-maintained toilets and water supply...
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  • One can run on the shore of Kurile Lake, a remnant of a once active volcano located at this site in Kamchatka, Russia, but before long, it will likely become apparent that competition for a meal in the surrounding area can be fierce—a brown bear which quickly came on the scene after I began a hike along the lake’s shores illustrated this point quite clearly, refusing to allow a smaller rival anywhere near the salmon feast he had procured for himself. Shooting a photograph of the two bears’ interactions was not easy, requiring stalking of the small beaches on the shores of the lake. The picture below is the result of such ambushes and was taken in the early morning hours from a distance of roughly 100 feet. Despite the battle for a fish depicted in the photo, Kurile Lake is one of the world’s largest spawning sites for sockeye salmon.
  • I think that this is one of the most important places in Kamchatka, where it is worth to visit. This is cooler and more interesting than the "valley of Geysers". Here you can see the unreal number of bears on one piece of land, a lot of fish and very beautiful places. You can get to the helicopter-the price of about 30 thousand per person (this excursion), or by car-a rather exhausting trip. In general, if you are going to Kamchatka in the summer or autumn-here you have to go!
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