On June 4, the “Night of Geography in the Arctic” was held on the embankment near the Murmansk Marine Station and inside the building. Military personnel of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation set up 4 large modern tents, equipped them with everything necessary for holding multimedia events and accommodating visitors of the campaign. Pasvik Nature Reserve representatives brought popular science literature and souvenirs associated with polar nature. The “Colors of the Arctic” photo exhibition was placed on the first floor of the Marine Station building.
The geography of the campaign covers many foreign countries and every part of Russia, from Franz Josef Land to Kamchatka. This year, the were 22 “Night of Geography” sites in the Murmansk region.
At the opening ceremony of the “Night of Geography in the Arctic - 2022”, the organizers of the event made welcoming speeches. The organizers of the “Night of Geography in the Arctic - 2022” are: Chairman of the Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society Denis Moiseev, representative of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Captain 3rd Rank Dmitry Novikov, Director of the Pasvik State Nature Reserve Natalia Polikarpova, organizer of the “Colors of the Arctic” photo exhibition, Murmansk photographer Dmitry Deshevykh, Captain 1st rank, head of the Department of the Hydrographic Service of the Northern Fleet Alexey Kornis.
“Thanks to everyone who came to our event even though the weather today is not so favorable. Today we are holding the “Night of Geography in the Arctic - 2022". The idea to organize the event this way belongs to Captain 3rd Rank Dmitry Novikov, representative of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. He offered to set up tents and organize lectures and movie screenings inside them. We decided to coincide this events with two anniversaries – the 75th anniversary of the Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society and the 75th anniversary of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation,” Denis Moiseev said in his welcoming speech.
A rich program was awaiting those who were not afraid of the rain that continued throughout the whole day. Modern tents were set up on the shore of the Kola Bay near the Marine Station. Inside them, visitors could watch films and enjoy photographs of the Russian Geographical Society, as well as listen to lectures of the expedition participants. Everyone could try on diving equipment, go inside the cars used in the joint expeditions of the RGS and the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as well as learn about the special equipment placed in these cars.
From six in the evening until closing at midnight, popular science lectures on geographical discoveries, environmental protection and climate were held in one of the tents.
Captain 1st rank, Head of the Department of the Hydrographic Service of the Northern Fleet Alexey Kornis delivered two lectures. He spoke about the Complex Expedition of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society "Remember the War", its successes and interesting discoveries, as well as plans for the future. You can learn more about the expedition here.
In the next tent, visitors could get acquainted with the Report on the Expedition, as well as with the models of three discovered submarines. The creation of these models was organized by Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society within the framework of the RGS grant "Complex expeditionary research in the Arctic region of the Russian Federation in 2021".
In his second lecture, Alexey Kornis spoke about the geographical discoveries of our time.
“Despite the fact that the Arctic is already well studied, there are still geographical discoveries to be made. It is worth noting that a significant part of the work on the study of the Arctic is carried out by hydrographers of the Northern Fleet. This applies both to the study of the North Pole regions, and the entire Arctic zone,” he said.
Natalia Polikarpova, Head of the Pasvik State Nature Reserve and a member of the Russian Geographical Society, shared information about ecological tourism and the importance of nature conservation. The reserve is part of the Pasvik–Inari Trilateral Park, one of the few trilateral cross-border parks in Europe. Natalia Polikarpova spoke about the flora and fauna of the reserve, about the peculiarities of conducting comprehensive monitoring of northern ecosystems, including using camera traps, as well as how important it is to live in harmony with nature.
At the end of the "Night of Geography" Denis Moiseev, Chairman of the Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society, Deputy Director for Science of the MMBI RAS delivered a lecture. He spoke about climate changes in the Arctic, their impact on marine ecosystems, the peculiarities of monitoring marine debris in the Arctic seas, as well as whether the Kola Bay will freeze again in the coming years.
“The Decade of Science and Technology has begun, so we will surely work with various scientific problems even more actively,” he said.
At the “Night of Geography in the Arctic - 2022“ the visitors could watch films about the joint expeditions of the RGS and 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to the Rybachy Peninsula and to the destroyer “Gremyashchy”, films by Pasvik about brown bear monitoring, photo traps and ornithology, as well as films of the Russian Geographical Society such as “The Arctic. Through the Looking Glass”, “Talking to Belugas", “Cleaning the Arctic. Franz Josef Land. Archipelago of melting permafrost” and others.
There were also three photo exhibitions. The “Colors of the Arctic” exhibition was located in the Marine Station building and included pictures of Murmansk photographers and members of the RGS for the Murmansk Regional Branch Dmitry Deshevykh and Vitaly Novikov. The exposition introduced visitors to the most beautiful places and wild inhabitants of the Kola Peninsula.
In the cafe on the first floor of the Marine Station building, visitors could not only drink a cup of coffee, but also enjoy the freshest sea delicacies from the depths of the Barents Sea (sea urchin, scallop, etc.) and the Far Eastern seas (oysters).
Two more exhibitions – the "Birds of Pasvik" photo exhibition and the multimedia photo exhibition “Russia is the most beautiful country” – were presented in specially designated tents.
Participants and organizers of the event decided to hold an even larger “Night of Geography in the Arctic - 2023” next year.
The Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society expresses its gratitude to the Administration of the Murmansk Region for the opportunity to hold the campaign in the Marine Station building and on the adjacent square, as well as to the leadership of the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for the equipment provided and the active participation of military personnel and civilian specialists in the events of the “Night of Geography".