The summer internship in Serbia, in which members and heads of Russian Geo Society youth clubs as well as Serbian geography students took part, completed.
Young people spent two weeks, from July 1 to July 14, studying physical and geographical characteristics of the Kopaonik mountain range (the maximum height of ascent is 2000 meters). They also visited tourist, industrial, agricultural places of regional and national importance, got acquainted with Serbia, as well as participated in the business internship program.
The participants studied the geological structure and biodiversity of the territory of Serbia. For example, after visiting the Raikova cave built of limestone and a huge quarry for copper mining in the city of Kostolats, they described the physical and geographical characteristics of these objects.
"Our team reconnoitred the area, described landscapes and high-altitude areas. We took samples of rocks at different heights of the Kopaonik range: 1200 meters, 1500 meters and 2000 meters above the sea level. We will bring these samples to the Geological Museum of the Geographical Faculty of the Vernadsky Crimean Federal University", said Alexander Nikiforov, a participant in the project, the head of the youth club of the Russian Geo Society organized on the basis of the Crimean branch of the Society.
Different lectures and workshops were prepared for the participants. Thus, they listened to a lecture about laboratory studies of cores and reservoir fluids in the Oil Industry of Serbia, a company engaged in exploration, production and processing of oil and gas. The geographers also mastered the techniques of 3D-mapping and learned the basic principles of use and analysis of data by materials of digital relief models on the example of the territory of Serbia.
A guided tour included a visit to the site of Mesolithic hunters "Lepenski Vir", the highest waterfall in the country Yelovarnik (71 meters) and the so-called "city of Devil" near Kurshuml where there is a number of quaint earthen figures located. The participants visited Belgrade and the southern part of Serbia, as well as the Danube near the village of Banat-Palanka. Here, representatives of the RGS Youth club met Emir Kusturica, the legend of the world cinema, a member of the Russian Geo Society and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geo Society Center in Serbia
As a result of the trip, young men and women made a scientific report, which included the following sections: physical and geographical characteristics of the Kopaonik mountain range, Kopaonik’ tourist and recreational potential (ski tourism) and economic development of the area. Young geographers also developed a tour route from Belgrade to the mountain range.