A young man walks over an industrial pipe next to Dolgoe Lake in Norilsk. The water from the lake is used as part of the cooling system for a power station nearby. The water cools as it is pumped out of the lake and into the air. The sprinklers are popular with local children who cool down in the water sprasy on hot days. Sometimes temperatures here can rise to 25 or even 30 degrees C.
The city of Norilsk, in the far north of Russia's Krasnoyarsk region, was founded in the 1920s and today has a population of just over 175,000. In its early years it served as the centre of Norillag (or the Norilsk Corrective Labour Camp) but was given town status in 1953 as the Gulag system was slowly winding down. Today the city is largely dependent on MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world's leading producer of Nickel and palladium and Norilsk's main employer. In 2001, the city was closed to all non-Russians, except for citizens of Belarus.