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October 11, 2020

ISA Training Day 12: Visiting Polar Marine Geosurvey Expedition and Peterhof Palace

That day we visited the Polar Marine Geosurvey Expedition in Petrodvortsovy District. The location is quite far and we had to use the car for an hour to get there. But the long journey paid off because we got much new knowledge.

Gedung Polar Marine Geosurvey Expedition

The first hour we visited the museum inside the building. There are three rooms, namely the Antarctic Room, the Arctic Room, and the Ocean Expedition Room. As the name implies, each room describes the surveys that have been carried out by this institution, both in Antarctica, the Arctic and in other oceans. 

The Antarctic Room contains various kinds of surveys that have been conducted in Antarctica. During visiting in this room we were told that the extreme conditions made the surveys in Antarctica were very difficult to carry out. However, this condition did not discourage them. Look at them now, Russia is one of the most advanced countries regarding the research at the Antarctic.

This was a cloth worn by researchers who conducted the first research in Antarctica. (Photo by me)

The Arctic Room tells the story about the surveys that have been carried out in the Arctic. This survey includes geophysical, geological, and geochemical surveys. Among the surveys was mineral explorations.

Everyone was thrilled during the visit to The Arctic Room.

One of maps generated from the survey. (Photo by me)

Some of which were on display in the World Ocean room. (Photo by me)

After visiting those three rooms, we were invited to go to the cafeteria for lunch. What caught my attention wasn't the food menu, but the paintings taped to the cafeteria wall. The paintings were made by people who worked at the place before. What interests me most is the painting of a man sitting alone by a river or lake.

The painting I liked in the cafeteria

After lunch, there was one lecture we attended. The lecture was given by Irina G. Dobrestsova who explained the latest discovery of the Polar Marine Geosurvey Expedition. One of the most recent discoveries was regarding metalliferous sediment whose genesis is unlike any known to the researchers. Irina explained that the results of her research were by observing hybrid rock, which is sediment altered by basalt. Irina has another theory that the metalliferous sediment has a genesis from the event, not from a black smoker. Interesting!

We took a photo before we left. This is our photo.

Our photo after the visit. Forget the unbalanced composition. Haha. (Photo by Rubel)

We moved by bus to the Peterhof Palace in Peterhof, still in Petrodvortsovy District. Peterhof Palace is located at the back of the Upper Garden. And here are the photos.

Square Ponds Fountains in the southeast of the Grand Peterhof Palace. (Photo by me)

The Fountain of Neptune just south of the Grand Peterhof Palace. (Photo by me)

Deciduous trees in mid-autumn. (Photo by me)

Peterhof Palace. (Photo by Dolo)

How Dolo captured that previous photo using her telephoto lens. (Photo by Rubel)

Me in front of the Palace. (Photo by me)

Rubel's pose in front of an apple tree at the Upper Garden. (Photo by me)

Bia, Amina, and Isuri in front of the Palace area. (Photo by Isuri)

It was an amazing experience and that's it for today. Thank you, guys! And see you!

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