This is not a crater, and it is most certainly not an inactive volcano: the Kondyor Masssif, in Russia, is what geologists call an “intrusion”. This natural phenomenon dates back to the Earth’s formation era, some 1 billion years ago, when the magma from volcanic rock crystallised below the surface of the planet, forming circular rings of a mysterious symmetry.

The fact that crystals can be formed below the earth’s surface also makes geologists call this phenomenon “plutons”, in honour of the Roman god Pluto, king of the underworld.

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Kondyor Massif is found on the eastern end of Russia, between the regions of Okhotsk and Yakutsk, with a diameter that extends for about five miles throughout an immense mountainous area near the Okhotsk Sea, in the Pacific Ocean.

Kondyor Massif is, as well as natural phenomenon of an unprecedented beauty, an important platinum source; last year Russian mining companies extracted four tonnes of this valuable material from the site, a compelling quantity. As well as platinum, Kondyor also produces gold, which can be found encrusted in the platinum crystals, resulting in curious formations of natural jewellery.

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And as if all the latter wasn’t enough, Kondyor produces its own material known as “konderite”, copper, platinum, rhodium, lead and sulphur alloy, which allows geologists to know this place’s internal structure, and to deduce the processes that led to the formation of this awe-inspiring location.

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This is not a crater, and it is most certainly not an inactive volcano: the Kondyor Masssif, in Russia, is what geologists call an “intrusion”. This natural phenomenon dates back to the Earth’s formation era, some 1 billion years ago, when the magma from volcanic rock crystallised below the surface of the planet, forming circular rings of a mysterious symmetry.

The fact that crystals can be formed below the earth’s surface also makes geologists call this phenomenon “plutons”, in honour of the Roman god Pluto, king of the underworld.

Web-Kondyor-Massif-Russia

Kondyor Massif is found on the eastern end of Russia, between the regions of Okhotsk and Yakutsk, with a diameter that extends for about five miles throughout an immense mountainous area near the Okhotsk Sea, in the Pacific Ocean.

Kondyor Massif is, as well as natural phenomenon of an unprecedented beauty, an important platinum source; last year Russian mining companies extracted four tonnes of this valuable material from the site, a compelling quantity. As well as platinum, Kondyor also produces gold, which can be found encrusted in the platinum crystals, resulting in curious formations of natural jewellery.

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And as if all the latter wasn’t enough, Kondyor produces its own material known as “konderite”, copper, platinum, rhodium, lead and sulphur alloy, which allows geologists to know this place’s internal structure, and to deduce the processes that led to the formation of this awe-inspiring location.

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