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My Dacian ancestors fought these guys in the foothills of the Carpathians - Scythian Gold Dragon |

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The Milky Way sinking into the Black Sea | The Black Sea is a body of water in Southeastern Europe, bounded by Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. It is supplied by a number of major rivers, such as the Danube, Dnieper, Rioni, Southern Bug, and Dniester. The Black Sea has an area of 436,400 km2 (168,500 sq mi) (not including the Sea of Azov), a maximum depth of 2,212 m (7,257 ft), and a volume of 547,000 km3 (131,000 cu mi).

✠ Gerhard Köppen (17 May 1918 – 5 May 1942) missing in action following combat north of Akmonaj, last seen swimming in the Sea of Azov.

The Maykop culture (also spelled Maikop), ca. 3700 BC—2500 BC, was a major Bronze Age archaeological culture in the Western Caucasus region of Southern Russia. It extends along the area from the Taman Peninsula at the Kerch Strait to near the modern border of Dagestan and southwards to the Kura River. The culture takes its name from a royal burial found in Maykop in the Kuban River valley. @Wikipedia.org

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Leibstandarte at Mariupol - captured on October 8, 1941. In early September 1941, the Leibstandarte rejoined the advance towards the Sea of Azov, meeting heavy enemy resistance as the Red Army’s battered divisions pulled back towards the Crimean Peninsula. Dietrich’s men then swung east, heading towards Rostov on the Don, capturing Romanovka, Berdyansk and Mariupol in the face of bitter fighting.

The Crimean Peninsula is a major land mass on the northern coast of the Black Sea that is almost completely surrounded by both the Black Sea and the smaller Sea of Azov to the northeast. Photo by Daniel O'Dowd #theadventurehandbook

Old Gate North Mole Light Old Gate South Mole Light, Port Mariupol', April 2009

Berdyansk Nizhniy Light Berdyansk Nizhniy Light, Berdyansk, July 2009