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Krasnoyarskoye Reservoir on the Yenisei River, Russia

55.1N 91.5E

August 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - July 17th, 2010

The long, thick, navy blue curved line through the center of this image is the Krasnoyarskoye Reservoir on the Yenisei River, in Russia. The reservoir is one of the largest man-made lakes of river origin in Siberia.

It is situated in Russia’s Krasnoyarsky District. In this image, taken in summer, the Siberian landscape is free of snow and has varying shades of green. The drainage basin of the reservoir covers three natural zones, forest, forest-steppe and steppe, located in the eastern part of the Sayan Altai mountain range. The forest areas are darker green, while the steppes are brownish in color.

The Sayan Mountains and the Yenisei River, Russia

69.4N 86.1E

June 26th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia - June 23rd, 2009

Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia - June 23rd, 2009

The Sayan Mountains are a mountain range in southern Siberia, Russia. The Eastern Sayan extends 1000 km from the Yenisei River to the southwest end of Lake Baikal. The Western Sayan forms the eastern continuation of the Altay Mountains, stretching for 500 km to the middle of the Eastern Sayan.

Here, part of the Eastern Sayan in Krasnoyarsk Krai is visible, bordered by the Yenisei River (lower left) and several lakes. The largest lake visible is Khantayskoye Reservoir, situated between the river and the snow-capped mountain peaks.

The Sayan Mountains’ towering peaks and cool lakes southwest of Tuva give rise to the tributaries that merge to become the Yenisei River, one of Siberia’s major rivers, which flows north over 2000 miles to the Arctic Ocean.

While the general elevation is 2000 to 2700 m, some of the individual peaks, consisting largely of granites and metamorphic slates reach altitudes of over 3000 m, with the highest being Munku-Sardyk at 3492 m.

From the Mongolian plateau the ascent is on the whole gentle, but from the plains of Siberia it is much steeper, despite the fact that the range is masked by a broad belt of subsidiary ranges of an Alpine character.

Smoke East of Lena River, Russia

67.6N 125.8E

July 17th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers

Russia – July 13th, 2012

A thick swath of smoke sweeps diagonally across the left side of this image of Russian Siberia. Visible west of the smoke is the Lena River, the easternmost of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean (the other two being the Ob River and the Yenisei River). It is the 11th longest river in the world and has the 9th largest watershed. It is the greatest river whose watershed is entirely within national ranges of Russia.

Angara River Flowing Through Bratsk Reservoir, Russia

58.6N 98.8E

March 2nd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - January 17th, 2011

The Angara River can be observed flowing through the Bratsk Reservoir (center right edge) and to the north, before bending to the west and cutting across the image, parallel to the top edge. Both the river and the reservoir appear white as they are frozen from the low Siberian winter temperatures.

The Angara is a 1,779 kilometer (1,105 mi) long river in Irkutsk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai, south-east Siberia, Russia. It is the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal, and is a headwater of the Yenisei River.

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.