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Southern Tip of Kamchatka Peninsula and Nearby Kuril Islands, Russia – October 1st, 2009

50.8N 156.6E

October 1st, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Russia - September 19th, 2009

Russia - September 19th, 2009

Cape Lopatka is the southernmost point of Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, about 11 km north of Shumshu, the northernmost island of the Kuril Islands. Upon opening the full version of this orthorectified image, Shumshu can be seen in is entirety and most of Paramushir Island, below, is visible as well.

The peninsula itself has many volcanic features, including crater lakes and volcanic peaks. Here, Kurile Lake, a large caldera containing a crater lake, can be identified as a light grey area near the top.

The lake has an area of 77 square kilometres (30 sq mi), an average depth of 176 metres (580 ft), and a maximum depth of 306 m (1,000 ft). On the northeast coast is the dormant volcano Ilinskaya.

Souhwest of the lake are two other volcanoes: Kambalny, a stratovolcano (right), and Koshelev, a complex stratovolcano (left). The latter consists of four stratovolcanoes, from which the central Koshelev is the highest.

While many volcanic peaks pierce the image, the most notable is Ksudach Volcano (also known as Voniuchi Khrebet Volcano), visible in the upper part of the full image. This stratovolcano has a summit area comprising overlapping calderas in which two lakes, Balshoe and Kraternoe, are located.

Super Typhoon Parma (19W) Approaches Philippines

10.4N 131.4E

October 1st, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Super Typhoon Parma (19W) - October 1st, 2009

Super Typhoon Parma (19W) - October 1st, 2009

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Track of Parma - October 1st, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Parma

Super Typhoon Parma (19W), located approximately 615 nautical miles east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, has tracked west-northwestward at 15 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 28 feet.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Melor (20W) has tracked northwestward at 5 knots over the past six hours, and is now located approximately 440 nautical miles east-southeast of Saipan.

Please click here for a previous article on both typhoons.

Dust Sweeping Over Canary Islands

28.2N 16.6W

October 1st, 2009 Category: Dust Storms, Volcanoes

Canary Islands - September 24th, 2009

Canary Islands - September 24th, 2009

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Close-up

Dust sweeps southwestward, blowing off the coast of Morocco and Western Sahara (right) and over the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

The archipelago is located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the disputed border between Morocco and the Western Sahara.

All of the Canary Islands are visible in the main image: (from highest to lowest) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Alegranza, La Graciosa and Montaña Clara.

The close-up focuses on, from left to right, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Clouds flank the northern sides of their respective volcanic peaks.

Typhoon Parma and Tropical Storms Melor and 18W North of Papua-New Guinea

10.2N 151.1E

October 1st, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones, Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Melor - September 29th, 2009

Tropical Storm Melor - September 29th, 2009

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Track of 18W, 19W and 20W - September 30th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of 18W, 19W and 20W

Three tropical storms of varying intensities can be found north of Papua New Guinea and Australia. The main image focuses on Tropical Storm Melor, while the animated imagery includes all three (from left to right): Typhoon Parma, Tropical Storm 18W and Tropical Storm Melor.

Tropical Storm 18W is located approximately 70 nautical miles east-southeast of Guam. It has tracked west-northwestward at 15 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 17 feet.

Typhoon Parma (19W) is situated about 160 nautical miles northeast of Palau. The system has tracked northwestward at 11 knots over the past six hours. Parma has been upgraded to typhoon status based on intensity estimates by PGTW, RJTD and KNES, along with a microwave eye-like feature seen in an SSMI image. Maximum significant wave height is 18 feet.

Finally, Tropical Storm Melor (20W), located approximately 605 nautical miles east-southeast of Saipan, has tracked west-northwestward at 14 knots over the past six hours. The system’s maximum significant wave height is 15 feet.