Kamchatka, Russia | Where the Salmon Rule, National Geographic Magazine: Salmon Stream in Kamchatka

Kamchatka is a peninsula in far east Russia that is the size of California, but it has only 130 kilometers of roads.  All of these roads are clustered around the capital, Petropavlovsk, about where San Diego would be.  All other travel (keeping with the analogy – in central and northern California) is by plane (few) or MI-8 helicopter or something they call an ATV, but we call a tank. Flying over this big empty landscape, the scene is only wetlands, tundra, braided streams, and meandering unconstrained rivers. Free of roads and dams, this is the perfect environment for salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

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