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Smoke From Fires in Russia Blows South Towards Mongolia

55.4N 87.0E

July 4th, 2012 Category: Fires

Russia – June 28th, 2012

Hundreds of wildfires continue to burn across Russia, and more than 14 new fires have broken out over the past 24 hours (click here for previous images). While eleven of them have been put out, firefighters are still struggling to extinguish another 32 blazes. Authorities say the fires do not pose a threat to residential areas.

Here, smoke from fires north of the border area between Russia (above) and Mongolia (lower right) and Kazakhstan (lower left) can be observed blowing towards the south. Visible in the lower right quadrant is Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression, including the large, rounded Lake Uvs Nuur.

Lakes in Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression

50.2N 92.6E

May 7th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Mongolia - May 6th, 2012

As its name would suggest, Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression contains several large bodies of water. Visible near the top edge is Lake Uvs Nuur, which appears bright white here as its surface is frozen.

In the center of the image, south of Lake Uvs, are Lake Khyargas (above) and Lake Airag (below). The former is significantly larger than the latter. It is dark blue in color, although the eastern half is slightly greener. The smaller Lake Airag is bright green.

Continuing south, several other lakes can be observed near the bottom of the image: Lake Khar, Lake Dörgön and Lake Khar-Us (right to left). These lakes show varying shades of blue, green and brown.

Ice on Surface of Lake Uvs Nuur, Mongolia

50.2N 92.6E

May 16th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Mongolia - May 2nd, 2011

Several bodies of water can be observed here, in Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression. At the top of the image is Lake Uvs Nuur, whose surface is frozen and appears bright white.

South of Lake Uvs are Lake Khyargas, ice-free and dark turquoise in color and Lake Airag, smaller, also ice-free and mint-green in color.

Several other lakes can be observed near the bottom of the image, including Lake Khar, Lake Dörgön and Lake Khar-Us (right to left). Although these lakes appear mostly green in color, some patches of ice can be seen on the surface of Lakes Khar and Khar-Us.

Multiple Lakes Around the Sayan Mountains in Asia

49.8N 90.7E

October 26th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China - October 13th, 2010

The Sayan Mountains, capped in snow, have a central position in this image. Multiple lakes can be observed in the lowlands near the foot of the range.

In the upper right quadrant, in Russia, is the Krasnoyarskoye Reservoir, appearing as a thick dark blue line. The reservoir is located along the Yenisei River.

To the south, across the mountains near the center right, is Lake Uvs Nuur. It is situated on the border between Russia’s Tuva Republic (north) and Mongolia (south). Several other lakes can be seen further south, in Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression.

In the lower left quadrant, the lake that appears as a long, thick, jagged line is Lake Zaysan, in Kazakhstan. To the east, is the brighter green Lake Ulungur, in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Bodies of Water in Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression

48.0N 93.2E

July 30th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Mongolia - July 17th, 2010

Mongolia - July 17th, 2010

Several lakes can be observed in Mongolia’s Uvs province, located in the west of the country. The province has both mountainous and Gobi semi-desert climatic zones, although this image focuses on the latter.

The five lakes visible here belong to the country’s Great Lakes Depression. The northernmost is Lake Khyargas, dark greenish blue with an elongated shape and irregular edges. Smaller, greener in color and just to its south is Lake Airag. Due south of those two are Lake Khar (green) and Lake Dörgön (further south, dark blue). Finally, the irregularly shaped Lake Khar-Us, showing various shades of green, is located west of the aforementioned pair.

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