Five fatal hazards of Azov recreation
It would seem that it can harm the resting shallow and calm Azov Sea with its sandy beaches? But, as you know, «still waters run deep»: Dozens of tragedies occur every year…
Sandwedways and cracks
A real abnormal zone is considered the beach near the village of Yuryevka, in the vicinity of Mariupol. 10 years ago here almost simultaneously drowned two young men. The nephew of one of them played the ball, standing on the belt in the water. As the boy told later, suddenly the sand went from him from under his feet, and the child began to suck into some funnel. His uncle and another rest rushed to save the boy, and all three took about 30 m in the sea. And where even recently there was a meter depth, even adult men could not reach the bottom. Despite the good swimming skills, everyone began to suffer rapidly… Conducting rescuers – pulled out drowning: the boy pounced, but the men managed to get water and choked.
Similar cases in the Mariupol region were recorded repeatedly, fortunately not all of them ended. The combination of insidious trends is impossible to explain to them, since the swimsters suddenly left the sandy bottom. A more likely cause of incredible deaths scientists consider the geological activity of the soil. It is known that in the north of the Sea of Azov, approximately 2 km below the bottom there is a crystalline rift between the indigenous plates. These arrays are constantly shifted on each other, move sand and cracks are formed in it that fills water. If a person does not save, even a great ability to swim in such a funnel.
Radioactive thorium sands
What can be radiation on this boring-idyllic shallow water? Meanwhile, before the war – It was the Azov Sea who was for the USSR one of the most important sources of thorium. In those days, it was produced by a primitive way, simply blasting sea sections in shallow places. After removing the top layer of ordinary sand, the sands of the Toriyev – sinister-black. It was drawn right by excavators, and then carried to process.
Nowadays, after storms on the Azov beaches between Taganrog and Mariupola, this very black thorium sand appears. In order not to scare tourists, it is trying to quickly mix with conventional yellow sand, however, radiation in some places of the Azov coast – Elevated and reaches 100 μR / h, which is 6-8 times higher than natural background. A short stay in such zones is not hazardous, however, the long exposure to irradiation is better, of course avoid.
Industrial emissions from Donbass
Azov is the smallest sea in the world, its greatest depth is only 13.5 m. On the area, it is also small, so the reservoir is often called «Large puddle». So it turned out that this «puddle» is also a sump for numerous enterprises of industrial Donbass and Rostov region. Annually in the coastal Azov waters is fixed by PDC on phenol – 6-7 times by iron – 3-4 times, and in petroleum products – 2-3 times.
To this cocktail from chemistry and heavy metals, also the sewer sets of millions of Rostov-on-Don and Donetsk, as well as Mariupol, Taganrog and other cities of the Azov region are added. Take sea baths near large settlements – Simply dangerous for health, so most of the tour baz and boarding houses are far beyond urban zones.
Slaughtering shores in the sea
Do you know that the Sea of Azov is actively expanding? Every year it takes off sushi for several meters of coastal stripes. This is due to the blurring of the soft soil of the coast, on which the rocks are practically absent. Often, large landslides carrying a mortal danger of resting.
Two years ago only a miracle saved the death of dozens of tourists who have chosen the beach for swimming near. Igorevka Priazovsky district of the Zaporizhzhya region. Through the coastal zone, thousands of tons of soil moved, which buried under them the extensive area of the beach. The miracle was that the landslide happened at night, when there were no bathers near the water. Similar shifts are not uncommon, in the Yeisk district of the Krasnodar Territory, as well as on the coast of the Rostov region. That’s why – Tourists who prefer a tent rest are extremely recommended to break the camps on the beaches of the Azov Sea under the cliffs.
Dangerous living creatures and muddy water
In addition to the phenomenal indicator of shallow water, Azov belongs to another record. it – The world’s most saturated sea by the number of inhabitants per unit area. Among them are also quite dangerous, for example, rock-tapes with poisonous spikes and, of course, the main enemies of tourists – Medusa. In August, there are quite a lot of them on the Sea of Azov, but the main problem creates more muddy water.
If in relatively transparent waters of the Black Sea Medusa can be seen from afar, then in a muddy azovo, this creature can really be inhaled when swimming. Control of jellyfish with mucous membrane leads to extremely painful consequences, and sometimes serious health problems. For this, as well as – all the above reasons, going on the serene and peaceful Azov Sea, be vigilant, more than ever!