The Kuril Islands dispute, also known as the Northern Territories dispute, is a dispute between Japan and Russia and also some individuals of the Ainu people over sovereignty of the South Kuril Islands. The disputed islands, which were annexed by Soviet forces during the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation at the end of World War II, are currently under the Russian administration as South Kuril District, but are claimed by Japan, which refers to them as the Northern Territories or…
Urup is an uninhabited volcanic island near in the south of the Kuril Islands chain in the Sea of Okhotsk in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Its name is derived from the Ainu language word for salmon trout.
Rheniite is a very rare rhenium sulfide mineral. It was discovered at the Kudriavy Volcano, Iturup Island in the Kurile Islands, Russia, and ap Roved in 2004. It is found in active hot fumaroles on the volcano.
The Kurilian Bobtail is a natural breed of cat tracing its origins to the Russian Island of Sakhalin and to the Kuril Islands, an archipelago of approximately 56 volcanic islands, stretching 700 miles between the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka and the Japanese island Hokkaido, separating the Sea of Okhotsk from the Pacific Ocean.
Mys Kastrikum Light, photo by John-Smith copyright Sakh.com ~ Russia
Weird Cloud Atlas: a collection of spectacular cloud formations
Pileus cloud above the Sarychev volcano as it erupts, Kuril Islands, Russia. Pileus clouds, also called scarf or cap clouds, are small clouds that form on top of a bigger cloud. In this photo a pileus cloud (centre) has formed above a cloud of volcanic ash from the Sarychev volcano. A large plume of smoke, steam and ash is erupting from the volcano while pyroclastic flow of denser ash descends the volcano sides. The picture was taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Note…