Howdy All! I wanted to get this out for some time, so here we go!
I have been researching the Valley of Death/Central Siberian Plateau area for a couple of weeks, and have finally located the elusive Olguidakh River
in Russia. I will share my findings today. First, I must mention the goose chase I went on that incorrectly located the Olguidakh just north and
upstream of the large lake (Vilyuyskoe Vakhr) that feeds the Vilyuy river. I will not repeat those coordinates, but it was basically located at the
second upstream branch from the lake. The only interest I have in this location can bee seen on a topo map, and is a large hill that looks out of
place in shape.
I just created a thread here to help you find the needed tools for satellite research:
So I tried to follow the lead of the most recent expedition, where they claim to depart from Mirnyj. Ivan Mackerie's Picasa gallery from the
expedition can be found here: picasaweb.google.com...
, I missed this initially, but the map shown here:
was all I needed to see. Here are the coordinates to reference the bridges shown
on the map:
Northern (upstream) Olguidach River Bridge: 64.176868, 112.558032
Southern (downstream) Olguidakh River Bridge: 63.68058, 112.415
Please note that the Olguidakh, Olguidach, and Olguydakh are synonymous. Olguydakh supposedly translates to “Cauldron Stream”. I have yet to
locate “Savinov's Rapids”
The mission began in Mirny, which is synonymous with Mirnyy and Mirnyj. Mirny is the only large airport in this region. Mirny is also home to a very
large diamond mine located here: 62.529272, 113.993176.
Speaking of diamond mines, the Aykhl mine is huge : 65.92432, 111.500144 (low res imagery of this particular mine is all I have found). There is a
very large mining complex at: 66.010568, 111.258568, and a possibly abandon mine to the north at : 66.165712, 111.680488. Looking in the vicinity of
these mines you will notice dams, and/or reservoirs that are very blue-green in color. This color indicates mineral richness in the water.
Researching the Yakutia area and local people, will show that these people once had the longest life expectancy in the world, now the pollution from
the damming of the rivers, causing contamination in the streams, nuke tests, and second stage rocket boosters that leak toxic gak, have reduced the
life expectancy greatly. Makes you feel sorry for the locals, with the crappy weather on top of all that. These second stage boosters could be some of
the object sightings, but probably not all.
IMHO, Kimberlite pipes are quite possibly the domes, and the laughing chasms. If you look at Google images for these, you will see a great similarity
to some of the lakes in the area. In particular, it is possible that the expedition was standing on one hitting the top with a stick! Had the top
broken, they may have been goners to the Valley of Death. The following is pure gut feelings, nothing more. Now consider how swampy this area is,
keeping in mind, some of these kimberlite pipes have domes. Could the water table go down enough at times to allow these k-pipes to stick up above the
ground? Would they not be ultra hard carbon and diamond in rock form? Might be hard to cut. Secondly, could this high density of these pipes in one
area, increase magnetic field return from the nearby pole, I imagine these as iron laden, and perhaps an antenna effect occurs causing the freaky
number of exploding meteorites in the regions history. These could be very warm inside, relative to the outside temp there.
There is web reference to a stream in “Tong Duurai” called the “Ottoamokh”, which means “Holes in the Ground”, however this may also be
another name for the Olguidakh. There is also a reference to a stream called “Algy Timirbit”, which I have not yet located.
Some other points of interest are: What I call the WTF-Hut at: 63.978348, 112.767632, and what I call “The Face of Ponds” at 63.889228,
112.954072 and in another region is the famous “Blur-Out” near “Egvekinot” Russia (blurred out in every map I tried).
So that is about all I have to offer at this time. Now that we have a better area to search, we may find something. My best hint is to follow roads
and power lines to find industry, and follow the twin truck tracks and trails to find where they are going.
If you made it this far, Thanks for reading!