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Rivers and Lakes Near Volgograd, Russia – November 13th, 2009

48.7N 44.5E

November 13th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Russia - October 7th, 2009

Russia - October 7th, 2009

Rivers and lakes seem to divide this image of Russian terrain into four square-like segments. The Volga River, from the center to the right edge, and the Volgograd Reservoir, from the center to the top edge, meet at an almost right-angle.  The reservoir, formed by a dam on the Volga, is thicker and darker blue.

On the other side of the image, the Don River flows across the upper left quadrant towards the center. From the center towards the bottom left is the Tsimlyansk Reservoir or Tsimlyanskoye Reservoir, another artificial lake, this time created by a dam on the Don River.

The rest of the land between the rivers seems mostly devoted to agriculture, with many rectangular fields visible. One large city, however, is visible as a grey area near the center. This is Volgograd, formerly called both Tsaritsyn and Stalingrad, the administrative center of Volgograd Oblast, Russia. It is 80 kilometres long, north to south, situated on the western bank of the Volga River.

The Dolgaya Spit Between Taganrog Bay and the Sea of Azov, Russia

46.6N 37.7E

November 6th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Russia - October 7th, 2009

Russia - October 7th, 2009

The Sea of Azov is bounded on the north by Ukraine (top), on the east by Russia (right) and on the west by the Crimean peninsula.

It is the shallowest sea in the world, with an average depth of 13 metres (43 ft) and maximum depth of 15.3 metres (50 ft), although some parts of it, such as Taganrog Bay (upper half of the image), the average depth is less than 1 metre (3 ft).

At the uppermost reaches of Taganrog Bay is the mouth of the Don River (top right), which can be seen here tinting the bay’s shallow waters green with sediments. Marking the lower limits of the bay, on the other hand, is the Dolgaya Spit.

The Dolgaya Spit is a sandy spit with a length of about 17 km and a width of about 500 m, appearing here as a thin, faint yellowish line extending northeastward from the peninsula in the center of the image.