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Moskva River Meandering Through Moscow, Russia

55.7N 37.6E

November 5th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Russia - April 10th, 2010

The large, bright white area in this image is the city of Moscow, the capital, the most populous city, and the most populous federal subject of Russia.

Moscow is situated on the banks of the Moskva River, which flows for just over 500 km through the East European Plain in central Russia. The river can be observed in the full image, meandering through the city.

Moscow and Western Russia to the Baltic Sea – October 15th, 2010

55.5N 29.9E

October 15th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Russia - October 9th, 2010


The landscape of western Russia is visible between two large areas of cloud cover in the main image.

Small sections of the Baltic Sea can be seen to the left, by the countries of Estonia (above) and Lativa (below). Some land in the lower left part of the full image also belongs to Belarus.

The close-up focuses on the city of Moscow, visible as a grey area amidst the green landscape. The city is situated in the center of the close-up and by the right edge of the main image.

Moskva River Flowing Through Moscow, Russia – October 3rd, 2010

55.7N 37.6E

October 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Russia - August 27th, 2010

Moscow, the capital and most populous city of Russia, appears as an expansive white area on the right side of this image. It is also the most populous city on the continent of Europe and the seventh largest city proper in the world.

It is located by the Moskva River in the Central Federal District, in the European part of Russia, and sits on the junction of three big geological platforms. Upon opening the full image, the Moskva River can be seen winding through the metropolitan area. It has a length of 503 km and a drainage basin with an area of 17,600 km².

Environmental Issues for Volga River, Russia – June 16th, 2013

46.0N 49.2E

June 16th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Rivers MODISAqua

Russia – June 16th, 2013

Draining most of western Russian, the Volga is the largest river in Europe. From its source in the Valdai Hills north east of Moscow the river flows east and south east to the Caspian Sea. This thumbnail images focuses on its delta at the shores of the Caspian Sea, while a larger portion of the river’s meanderings can be seen to the north upon opening the full image.

A large number of tributaries make up the Volga river system the delta where the river enters the Caspian is composed of hundreds of channels and lies 28 m below sea level. For three months of the year the river is frozen for most of its length, the presence of a large number of dams has improved navigation but has reduced the river’s flow.

Consequently the river is suffering from pollution compounded by the fact that it flows through some of the most populated area of the country and includes an important agricultural area. Half of all river freight in Russia uses the Volga, which is connected to the Black sea via the Don river and canals (click here for more information).

Volgograd on Banks of Volga River, Russia

48.7N 44.5E

April 17th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Russia - April 14th, 2012

The thick line crossing this image is the Volgograd Reservoir, on the Volga River, the longest river in Europe. The Volgograd Reservoir has an area of 3,117 km², volume is 31,5 km², length is 540 km, maximal width is 17 km, average depth is 10.1 m. It is the third largest reservoir in Russia.

The Volga River belongs to the closed basin of the Caspian Sea. Rising in the Valdai Hills 225 meters (738 ft) above sea level northwest of Moscow It turns south and then east; at its most strategic point, it bends toward the Don (“the big bend”). Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, is located there, visible as a grey area in the full image.