Nikolay Urvantsev, Soviet geologist
Nikolay Nikolayevich Urvantsev (1893-1985), Soviet geologist, speaking in public at his 80th birthday celebration. Urvantsev is best known for his exploration of northern Siberia and the Arctic, including: the Norilsk coal basin (1919 to 1922); the islands of Severnaya Zemlya (1931 to 1933); and the steamship Pravda oil exploration expedition (1933 to 1934). After imprisonment by Stalin, Urvantsev was rehabilitated in 1954 and became Chair of Arctic Geology at the national ocean geology institute. Photographed in Leningrad (St Petersburg), Russia, in 1973.
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Rock art: at the top, Namondjok, a creation ancestor who with his sister broke kinship
Rock art: at the top, Namondjok, a creation ancestor who with his sister broke kinship laws; later he became Ginga, the estuarine crocodile. Below: Barrginj, wife of Namarrgon the Lightning Man, and other X-ray style figures. He later became Ginga, the estuarine crocodile. Anbangbang, Nourlangie, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Rock shelter with X-ray style paining of Nabulwinjbulwinj, a spirit figure considered dangerous
Rock shelter with X-ray style paining of Nabulwinjbulwinj, a spirit figure considered dangerous: he struck women with a yuam and then ate them. Anbangbang, Nourlangie, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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