20 Adventure on the Arzamasovka River
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184 Adventure on the Arzamasovka River Tributaries of the Arzamasovka River. Che Fan. The Caves. Birds. Tree and Shrub Species in the Forest. Boar Hunting. Lost. Rain. A Dangerous Situation. How Leshy Helped. The Trail. Loss of Strength. The Fire. An Unfamiliar Camp. Murzin. The Return. The weather began to deteriorate again starting July 7th, with constant wind and rain. I took advantage of the bad weather to plot future routes and went over my field journals, which took three days. Once I had finished with that I began planning another excursion, this time to the Arzamasovka River. A. I. Merzlyakov was tasked with surveying the Kasafunova and Kabanya [“boar”] River valleys, and G. I. Granatman decidedtocarryoutreconnaissanceinthedirectionoftheArzamasovka and Tadusha Rivers. I left early the morning of July 15th, taking Murzin, Epov, and Kozhevnikov with me. We spent the night in Permskoye, and continued on the next day. The Arzamasovka River is called the Dadyngou in Chinese. It is about 45 kilometers long, about a hundred meters wide at its mouth, and about 2 meters deep. The valley is narrow at first, then widens up past where the Kabanya River flows into it. Most of the Chinese and native names for the area have already been lost as the Permskoye villagers renamed features in Russian as they saw fit. There are some massive riverterracesontheShirokayaPad[“widevalley”]sideoftheArzamasovka valley, some of which are significantly eroded. There are many talus 2O Adventure on the Arzamasovka River 185 slopes on the mountains here; their gray color contrasts sharply with the surrounding vegetation. An interesting feature of the Arzamasovskiye Mountains opposite Shirokaya Pad is their uniformity. Imagine several three-sided pyramids placed next to one another, with their bases in the valley and their peakspointinguptowardsthedivide.Thepyramidwalls,atsixty-degree angles, form the hills, and the areas between them are ravines. Frequent and severe flooding in the Vay-Fudzin River valley forced the farmers of Permskoye to seek alternative sites favorable for agriculture , and naturally the Dadyngou was the first place that came to mind. There are two ways to get to the Arzamasovka River valley from Saint Olga Bay. The first is via Permskoye, and the other is along the Poddevalovka River, so named because heavy rains once washed out the road and left in its place a series of pits.1 This road comes out right at Shirokaya Pad, which really is quite a wide valley with a narrow stream flowingthroughit.TherearethreeothervalleyshigheruptheArzamasovka River valley—the Kolyvayskaya, the Uglovaya [“corner”], and the Listvennichnaya [“larch”]. These can be followed to the Khuluay River, which flows into Saint Vladimir Bay. The passes cross low mountains with conical limestone peaks. We reached the fanza of a Chinese man named Che Fan that first day. The residents of Permskoye and Fudzin were unanimous in their admiration for this man and his amazing kindness. In the early years when the floods washed away their crops, he came to their aid by providing new crop seed. Anyone who had any need went to Che Fan, and he never turned anyone away. If not for Che Fan, the immigrants would never have been able to stand on their own two feet. Many have taken advantage of his kindness, but despite this he has never asked for interest on his loans. Whilewewerethereapeasantarrivedandaskedhimforsomehemp fiber to make rope. “Take it,” he said curtly, pointing to the ambar. The man clambered up, pulled out some hemp and stuffed as much as he could into a sack. Then he left. 1. The root word here, poddevat, means “to catch from below.” 186 The 1906 Expedition Che Fan was now almost broke and was considering leaving the Ussuri Kray for his homeland. Thenextmorningwewenttoinvestigatesomecavesinthelimestone mountains on the right side of the Arzamasovka River valley, opposite the Uglovaya River mouth. There were two of them, one high up the mountain and straight like a mine shaft. It was about a hundred meters long and between 2.4 and 3.6 meters tall. The second cave was lower on the mountain slope; it dropped about 12 meters into a pit, then turned at a ten-degree angle. This used to be a channel in an underground river. This second cave was about 120 meters long, but its width and height varied—at times tall and narrow and at other times low and wide. The cave floor was littered with stones that fell from the ceiling; as a result there are no stalactites growing there. And since these collapses occur uniformly throughout the cave...



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  • Ussuri River Valley (Russia and China) -- Description and travel.
  • Natural history -- Ussuri River Valley (Russia and China).
  • Dersu Uzala.
  • Arsenʹev, V. K. (Vladimir Klavdievich), 1872-1930 -- Travel -- Ussuri River Valley (Russia and China).
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