“On the lava field” – the orange glow of hot molten rock beneath Kamchatka’s volcanic hellscape

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The Kamchatka peninsula is insanely beautiful, but there’s a reason almost no one lives there.

It’s about 100,000 square miles (The size of Nevada or Colorado) and has a total population of 325,000 people, more than half of whom live in one city, Petropavlosk (pop 180,000). After that the next biggest city is Yelizovo (38,000).

[Most of its geography is a bit like southern alaska](http://canadiangateway.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/kamchatka-with-bear.jpg) – high mountains, deep forests, big glacier and snow fed rivers. Moderate and wet summers and snowy cold winters. Large populations of brown bears, [the world’s largest subspecies of moose](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose#mediaviewer/File:Chukotka_Moose.jpg), elk, salmon etc.

Except [it has volcanoes](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamchatka_Peninsula#mediaviewer/File:Akademia_nauk.jpg)

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