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Tbilisi Sea freezes for the first time in 50 years

February 07, 2012, 12:18 UTC+3
A large reservoir on the outskirts of the Georgian capital, commonly known as the Tbilisi Sea freezes
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TBILISI, February 7 (Itar-Tass) — A large reservoir on the outskirts of the Georgian capital, commonly known as the Tbilisi Sea, has frozen up for the first time over the course of the past 50 years. Ice covering the eastern part of the reservoir is so thick that one can walk on it.

The reservoir was commissioned in 1953 and froze only once since then, in the early 1960s. The reservoir is about nine kilometers long and two kilometers wide. Over the past week, temperatures in Tbilisi suburbs stayed within minus ten to minus 12 degrees Celsius.

On Monday, residents and visitors of Mtskheta, Georgia’s ancient capital situated 20 kilometers away from Tbilisi, could witness a unique natural phenomenon. The Kura River flowing there was covered with ice with a thickness of several centimeters. Weathermen say last time this happened in 1996.

 

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