|Perhaps this tank I photographed in Zhytomyr, Ukraine|
was built in Tankograd, aka Chelyabinsk
Not only did the Ural Mountains offer a natural protection from invaders, but the Urals are rich in minerals—especially the coal needed for creating electricity to run the factories. Other minerals mined in the area include gold, diamonds, platinum and copper.
|Canadian Mountains |
for a Canadian Goose
But besides war-machine industries, the Ural Mountains are rich in natural beauty . . .a place for adventure tourists. Here’s a quick comparison of the Ural Mountains to the Rocky Mountains.
The Rockies run about 2500 km, north to south. The Urals? About the same, also north to south.
Age difference? The Urals are old! 250-300 million years vs. Rockies at 55-80 million years. That might explain the height difference.
Besides my mom’s unfortunate time as a POW in the Urals, two other events highlight the area for me. One, the Chelyabinsk meteor crash in 2013 and two, the 1959 Dyatlov Pass mystery, which was finally solved and shared in January, 2021.
For me, the Urals—part of Crow Stone’s setting—must remain a second-hand experience for now. At least I’ve been to the Rockies, to the Alps, and have had a generous dose of cold winters . . . the rest I’ve had to mine from books and my mom’s memories.