Fields of the Olkha plateau
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Fields of the Olkha plateau

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Russia > Irkutsk redion > Olkha plateau (between Markovo, Shelekhov and Olkha).

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A: Ruined farm near Markovo

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B: Abandoned farm building near Markovo

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Text by Steve Smith.

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