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Nizhny Tagil

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · Geologic Formations
Nizhny Tagil is a city in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, located 25km east of the virtual border between Europe and Asia. Population:GeographyRivers and ponds take up one third of the city's territory. Nizhny Tagil spans 22km from north to south and 21km from east to west. The city is built around the extinct volcano Lisya Mountain. This mountain with a watchtower on its top is a symbol of the city. Another mountain, Medved-Kamen, is located in the northern part of the city and is 100m high. High rock walls break into the Tagil River.Neighboring cities include Yekaterinburg 130km to the south, Serov and Priobye in the north, Perm in the west, and Alapayevsk and Verkhnyaya Salda in the east.ClimateThe city's climate is temperate continental.GeologyThe altitude of the city varies from 170to. This makes Nizhny Tagil one of the rare natural store-rooms on the Earth. There are many mineral deposits containing 63 elements of the periodic table.HistoryThe history of Nizhny Tagil begins with the opening of the Vysokogorsky iron ore quarry in 1696. The deposits were particularly rich, and included lodes of pure magnetic iron. The surrounding landscape provided everything needed for a successful and productive mining and smelting operation — rivers for transport, forests for fuel, and suitable climate.
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