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ZIMINY HILLS GROUP

It is an extinct volcano located to the south-east from the Bezymyanny volcano. It consists of three joined stratovolcanoes: the OvalnayaZimina (3081 m), the OstrayaZimina (2774 m), and the GornyZub (2242 m).

coordinates: N55.86207º, E160.60415º

The west part of the volcano - the BolshayaZimina - has two tops: the west one (the OvalnayaZimina) and the east one (the OstrayaZimina). Probably, once they were two independent volcanic cones. The eastern part of the massif (the Malaya Zimina) has also another name - the GornyZub (the Mountain Tooth). It is a ruined extrusion which now presents short rocky ridges.

Tourists usually see the Zimina massif from the north. Its northern slope is covered by deep notches. The wide areas of the slope are composed of easily eroding decomposed light rocks. The OvalnayaZimina cone top and the saddle between it and the OstrayaZimina (Sharp Zimina) are glaciered. The Yellow glacier covered by ash descends to the valley and gives way to the turbid stream. There is a thermal spring with the temperature of 16-19o C at the east and west slopes of the OvalnayaZimina and the OstrayaZimina. This spring indicates that hydrothermal activity of the volcanoes still continues despite the fact that they are considered extinct.

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