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Wildfires in Russia Release Smoke Towards Ob and Irtysh Rivers – May 21st, 2011

61.7N 63.5E

May 21st, 2011 Category: Fires, Rivers

Russia - May 18th, 2011

Wildfires in Russia release smoke that blows in a northeasterly direction, towards the confluence of the Irtysh and Ob Rivers. Eosnap had previously observed fires in the same area in early May (click here for previous article).

As of three days prior to when this image was taken, 205 fires were affecting 3718 ha forested and 1391 ha non-forested lands. Since the beginning of the 2011 fire season a total of 6842 fires have affected 125351 ha forested and 65329 ha non-forested lands of Russia.

 

Confluence of Ob and Irtysh Rivers, Russia

54.9N 82.7E

May 13th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Russia - May 2nd, 2011

This image of Russia focuses on the confluence of the Ob River and the Irtysh River. The land around the riverbanks appears tan in color, while the rivers themselves are brown from sediments.

The Ob crosses the upper part of the image, while the Irtysh River flows vertically across the right side. The Irtysh is the chief tributary of the Ob, and the Ob is Russia’s fourth longest river.

Fires Near Confluence of Ob and Irtysh Rivers, Russia – May 7th, 2011

60.6N 73.9E

May 7th, 2011 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Rivers

Russia - May 4th, 2011

Fires can be seen burning in Russia, near the confluence of the Ob and Irtysh Rivers. The plumes of smoke from the blazes blow south-southwest.

The Ob River cross the upper part of the image, while the Irtysh River flows vertically across the right side. The Irtysh is the chief tributary of the Ob River.

Visible to the west in the full image are the Ural Mountains, a mountain range that runs approximately from north to south through western Russia.

Tara and Irtysh Rivers, Russia

56.6N 74.6E

June 28th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - June 8th, 2009

Russia - June 8th, 2009

River

River

The Tara River, running horizontally across the top portion of the image, is located in the Novosibirsk and Omsk Oblasts in Russia.

The Tara is a right tributary of the Irtysh River of the Ob Basin. The length of the river is 806 km and its basin has an area of 18,300 km².

The Tara River generally freezes up in late October or early November and stays under the ice until late April or early May. Here, it is visible post-thaw.

Flowing vertically along the left side of the image, best observed in the close-up, is the Irtysh River. It is the chief tributary of the Ob River, although it is actually longer than the Ob to their confluence.

The green Lake Chany and its surrounding wetlands can also be seen at the bottom right.

Fires in Central Russia – May 22nd, 2011

61.0N 63.8E

May 22nd, 2011 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Russia - May 18th, 2011

This image offers another look at the clusters of wildfires burning across central Russia (click here for previous article). The smoke from these fires is also blowing towards the northeast.

The outbreak began int he Siberian Far East and has spread to central Russia. It is believed that human activity caused the majority of the fires.

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