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10 November, 2007

Russia's Valley of Death

Strange tales have emerged from the Russian Far East for generations, telling of strange artefacts and events in north-west Yakutia. Uliuiu Cherkechekh - which translates as the Valley of Death - lies in a remote and inhospitable basin of the Upper Viliuy River. It is a region traditionally shunned by natives of the region, because of its strange and inexplicable characteristics. Ancient epic poems relate tales of huge, metal cauldrons sunk deep into the permafrost, where strange things happen, including the eruption of huge fireballs, once every 600-700 years or so. Such things continue to be reported in modern times.

Several scientific expeditions have visited the area to get to the bottom of the mystery, but no-one seems any the wiser as to what is actually going on in the Valley of Death. As it is a very complex and involved story, rather than have me recount it all here, check out this article: (requires Adobe Reader)

What do you make of this? Is it just a case of folklore meets science fiction? Or is the Valley of Death really home to a phenomenal, mind-bending enigma? I need to read the article through a couple times more, before I can even consider reaching a decision.


Dustin 11 November 2007 at 17:52  

I remember that story, so I looked around for it. It came from Nexus Magazine in late 2003, early 2004.

Here's an on-line link if you're interested:

Siani 12 November 2007 at 20:52  

Thanks, Dustin. Can't remember where I first came across the story, but I've seen it on a few websites. Some people connect the Tunguska explosion with the Valley of Death fireballs. I'd love to know how much truth there is to the whole story. It sounds quite far-fetched, yet a similar narrative seems to have persisted for centuries. Folklore or fact? Who knows? But it's fascinating to read, all the same.

Emma,  20 December 2011 at 18:24  

There is an ancient aliens episode on History TV that talks about this. Very interesting

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