The Kupol gold mine is truly desolate. Located in the Chukotka region of northeast Russia, it’s more than 100 miles from the nearest town and accessible only by air or a temporary 200-mile ice road between November and April. Getting there is tough, and staying there is even tougher. It is a cold, brutal place, and photographer Elena Chernyshova spent two weeks there in February 2014 for National Geographic Russia.
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