The Yenisei River is the largest river system in the world that you've never heard of. Cutting through the remote reaches of Siberia, the Yenisei provides electricity, transportation, food, and sport to more than a million residents.
From his base in Krasnoyarsk, Russia--the third largest city in Siberia--Reuters photographer Ilya Naymushin traveled along the mighty river to capture its changing face through the seasons. The Atlantic's great In Focus blog recently featured a chunk of Naymushin's Yenisei images, which portray the various ways that local residents use and rely on it.
The middle section is controlled by a series of massive hydroelectric dams fuelling significant Russian primary industry. Partly built by gulag labor in Soviet times, industrial contamination remains a serious problem in an area hard to police. Moving on through sparsely-populated taiga, the Yenisei swells with numerous tributaries and finally reaches the Kara Sea in desolate tundra where it is icebound for more than half the year.
(via The Atlantic)