If there were cell phones in the USSR, then, quite possibly, an overview observer in 1970 could hear a very emotional conversation in the remote corner of Soviet Soviet Siberia:
Dear why so long, what are you doing there?
We collect parrots.
Don’t call me more, there are no parrots in Siberia …
Tu …. Tu ….. Tu ….
Meanwhile, the «stratum» geologist spoke to the pure truth with his beloved, he was really in the taiga, and the parrots collected on full seriously.
In 1946, only a year after the end of the war on the border between the Krasnoyarsk Territory and Yakutia, a geological party appeared, which was chosen by a small Yakut settlement called by Popigay.
The fact is that even before the war, Soviet pilots flying over Siberia discovered strange mountains that stretched a semicircle for long 100 kilometers, forming a practically perfect circle. In the center of this circle, the land was «settled» by almost 200 meters — as if someone was charged in this place a giant sledgehammer. The place took note and wanted to send geologists there, but the war confused all the cards.
You understand, before geological survey, the hands came only after the war. So in 1946, a geological party was at the place of «strike». There were no minerals there, of all finds were of interest to strange «glass stones», which were similar to two thorough drops or phalanges of the fingers.
Geologists jokingly nicknamed their «pitfalls». And since nothing useful did not find anything, then it disappeared at all to this place. But not completely … just for 24 years.
In the late 1960s, the Americans found a huge crater with a diameter of 180 kilometers on the peninsula of Yucatan, which was littered with strange surrounding glass drops (I will tell about it separately). As you already guessed, they were the twins of the Yakut Popigayev.
Therefore, in 1970, a large geological party was sent to the habitat of Popigayev with the task: «Go there you know where and bring us that you know what, and twice as much as the overseas friends.»
And went and found. It turned out that Popgay is an ancient crater that was formed after hitting our planet a pebble diameter of 12-15 kilometers. The explosion power was such that part of the breed was simply evaporated, the part became glass, and another part of something else.
The part that became glass is the same «Popping», which are no more than melted splashes of rocks that have become glass as a result of a huge temperature. In the same place, the place of impact, it was where the pebbles flew — the American twin, something else was formed — diamonds.
Nakhodka classified immediately, since the aesthetic value does not have such diamonds, and for the industry at that time began to actively produce artificially. The government was not eager to be desire to have a clutch of people in search of diamonds. So the diamond deposit was hidden under the vulture, which was able to break only after the restructuring.
In 2012, it became known that at the site of the crater with the «parrots» there is the largest diamond field in the world called the «rock» and its capacity of more than 100,000,000,000 carats. And the cause of the find of these treasures was the drops of strange glass — Popigai.