‘Gun Galuut’ means ‘the place with many ducks’. During our recent visit we saw no ducks, or indeed many birds at all, because they have all sensibly headed off to warmer climates. We were, however, lucky enough to see argali sheep in the far distance.
The river was slowly freezing over. Each morning there was a new ledge of ice, hanging off the previous day’s. As the day warmed up, small icebergs slowly floated downstream. We saw some small fish darting away under the ice, and were reliably informed that they survive the winter in the water under the solid ice.
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