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Mysterious Places

Natural phenomena can hardly be explained, especially if they are dangerous. Some of the geographic names on the map are terrifying: the Hill of the Dead, the Devil Bog, the Gorge of Death. Each of these places is covered with lots of mysterious legends saying not only about an accidental death of a traveller, but about mysterious deaths mostly.

In fact, the names of such places always served (and also currently do) as warnings not to enter them. The name of the height 1079 in Northern Urals, Kholat Sjahyl, is translated from the Mansi language as ?Mountain of the Dead.? From time to time, the hill proves that the name had been given correctly.

Investigators of phenomena are sure that geographic places with deadly names are rather anomalous areas where unusual natural processes happen. Mysteries of some of the regions have been discovered. For instance, it is no longer a surprise to see heaps of white bones in the Valley of Death in Russia-s Kamchatka, the Valley is on the territory of the Kronotsky preserve. Scientists found out that strange deaths of birds, gluttons and even bears happen because of volcanic cyanic gases evolved from earthly fissures; this gas paralyzes the respiratory tract.

The ill fame of the Valley of Death in China-s province of Sichuan is not accidental as well (sometimes the valley is called Black Bamboo Valley). In the summer of 1950 about 100 people strangely disappeared there and a plane crashed for unknown reasons. Such a large number of victims was once again registered in the valley in 1962. A man who guided a caravan of geologists survived. He later described the accident: ?As soon as the advance group entered the gorge, the people were enveloped with a thick fog. Indistinct sounds were heard; but when the fog lifted, they were gone.

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