On 10/13/07, Zimov S.A. wrote to this blogger from my files:On 10/13/07, Zimov S.A. <email@example.com> wrote:Dear Mr. Bloom,
Thank you for your interest to the topic.
I would say YES, the world might need Polar Cities some time. I think
it can happen earlier than 2500.
RUSSIA, NORTHEASTERN STATION
NESS is more rollercoaster ride than party. One day in early July, Nikita took a dozen visiting graduate students waterskiing on the Kolyma River in a dilapidated motorboat, with techno music blasting from a portable stereo. The next day came a cluster bomb of lows. The person who maintains an atmospheric sensing tower told Nikita he intended to quit; plant samples that visiting German botanists wanted to bring home were 160 kg too heavy, and sure to create a hassle at the airport; and a moose calf for which Nikita had paid $500 escaped after jumping a makeshift pen that Sergey had built. “I told him that he should hire a carpenter, but no, he insisted he would do it himself,” Nikita says. He watches his father, wearing a mosquito head net with a hole at mouth level for an ever-present cigarette, head off on an all-terrain vehicle in search of the stray calf.
“He is stubborn,” Nikita says with a shrug. “And I am stubborn.”