Residential Homes In This Village Sanded Up

Shoyna is the name of a village on the northern coast of Russia, near the Arctic Circle of the North Pole. Shonya's name is a little less known than it's difficult location. It's easiest to get on a boat, but it does take weeks of traveling. What makes this village different from all the other villages in Russia is that it is covered with a mass of sand!



Shonya Village was first occupied in the 1930s. In the beginning, a family of anglers arriving in the area got a lot of fish. Then the village continued to expand in the 1950s. At that time, about 1,500 Russians flocked here because of the fish-rich sea.

Together they have fought to build this village and have more than seventy vessels. They all came to be fishermen. The abundance of fish here makes the village grow very fast. The people are living a happy, safe and prosperous life.


But the happy story didn't last long. As a result of the massive exploitation of fish, in the 1950s the life of fish in the sea began to lesser. The fishermen are having trouble catching fish. If they wanted to, they would have to venture deeper into the North Pole Arctic Circle. However, it is too risky.

Fish populations have been decrease for the last decade until eventually the fishing business there has collapsed. The problem has not been solved, natural disasters occur. The residents of Shoyna village were shocked that the sand dunes that were originally far from their village had blown and finally reached their village. Over time, the sand accumulated in the village became more and more!



In less than a year, all the houses in the village were sanded. Usually residents take precautionary measures by not closing their doors at night. This was done so the door could open and they could leave the house in the morning. There were also residents who kept closing the door and coming out of the windows of higher elevations.


Today only about 300 people remain in the village. They also began to fish in order and some even switched careers to goose hunters. They still live their normal lives even though the houses and streets there are sandy. The village also has a bulldozer that works to dig sand-covered houses.

Although the sand problem was never solved, the villagers continued to survive it since the 1930s. Many people call Shoyna village the northernmost desert on Earth. On the other hand, some people evaluate what the villagers have done by catching fish to the extent that they damage their habitat in the ocean making nature angry and then dumping them with sand.

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