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Kamchatka Peninsula and Smoke Over Russian Far East

60.9N 158.5E

July 17th, 2012 Category: Fires, Mountains

Russia – July 13th, 2012

A thick cloud of smoke hangs over the Russian far east, near the Kamchatka Peninsula (bottom half of image), completely obscuring the land below. Only a small patch of haze reaches the peninsula, however; as such, its snow-capped, mountainous backbone, formed by the Kamchatka or Central Range, can still be seen. The cloud of smoke is coming from wildfires burning across Russia this month (click here for more images).

Bolshaya Ipelka Volcano in Southern Kamchatka, Russia

52.6N 156.9E

February 22nd, 2012 Category: Volcanoes

Russia - January 2nd, 2012

The Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometre (780 mi) peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of 472,300 km2 (182,400 sq mi). It lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. Immediately offshore along the Pacific coast of the peninsula runs the 10,500-metre (34,400 ft) deep Kuril-Kamchatka Trench.

This image focuses on the southermost part of the peninsula, which is blanketed with snow. Visible in the upper left quadrant is a massive shield volcano, the early Pleistocene Bolshaya Ipelka Volcano. Although extensively eroded by glaciers, it is the largest volcanic structure of southern Kamchatka. It has a large volcanic caldera surrounded by a ring-shaped ridge with steep inner walls and rocky outer slopes.

Klyuchevskaya Volcanic Group on Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

56.0N 160.6E

February 11th, 2011 Category: Volcanoes

Russia - January 31st, 2011

The Klyuchevskaya Volcanic Group is a cluster of twelve volcanoes in a relatively small area (65 thousand The group can be observed here on the east side of the Kamchatka Peninsula, in Russian Siberia.

The group includes some of the largest volcanoes of Europe and Asia: Klyuchevskoy Volcano (4750 m), Kamen Volcano (4575 m), Ushkovsky (3943 m), Krestovsky (4108 m), Ostry Tolbachik (3682 m), Plosky Tolbachik (3083 m), Bezymianny (2800 m), Ovalnaya Zimina (3061 m), Ostraya Zimina, Bolshaya Udina (2923 m), Malaya Udina (1945 m) and Sredny (3020 m).

Fire on Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia – August 6th, 2010

60.9N 164.2E

August 6th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Mountains, Volcanoes

Russia - July 30th, 2010

A wildfire in the upper part of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula blows a thick plume of smoke to the east-northeast. West of the blaze, a river spills brown sediments into Penzhina Bay.

Visible southwest of the fire are the snow-capped peaks of the Kamchatka Range, also known as the Central Range, which runs down towards the tip of the peninsula. Several nearby volcanoes appear capped with snow or ringed by clouds.

Ship Tracks and Phytoplankton by Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

53.7N 161.7E

June 23rd, 2010 Category: Clouds, Phytoplankton

Russia - June 1st, 2010

Russia - June 1st, 2010

This image of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East contains two interesting atmospheric and oceanographic phenomena: ship tracks, visible in the lower left quadrant, and a phytoplankton bloom, just off the coast of the peninsula in the upper part of the full image.

The ship tracks, which look like long linear clouds, form due to the gathering of water molecules around the exhaust released into the air by passing ships.

The green phytoplankton bloom, which is faint and best observed by opening the full image, is caused by increased reproduction of phytoplankton in an area that leads to a high concentration of those microorganisms and alters the color of the water.