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Clouds of Smoke by Ural Mountains from Wildfires in Russia

60.0N 60.0E

May 27th, 2011 Category: Fires

Russia - May 21st, 2011

The smoke hanging in the air over Siberia is caused by wildfires in central Russia (click here for previous articles).

The fires have been mainly confined to remote parts of Siberia and the Urals, with no blazes reported near Moscow and other central Russian cities.

Around 554 Wildfires Still Raging in Russia – August 9th, 2010

56.9N 49.9E

August 9th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Russia - July 30th, 2010

Russia continues to be affected by wildfires, as state media report that about 270 new wildfires have started in the drought-plagued country over the past 24 hours. Although as many as 276 wildfires have been extinguished, it is estimated that 554 wildfires are still raging on an area of over 190,000 hectares.

According to Russia’s health and social development ministry, wildfires have killed at least 52 people and left dozens hospitalized. Moscow is choking in intense smog, with toxic substances at levels several times greater than the norm, from the combination of forest fires and pollutants.

Several large blazes can be seen in the upper half of the thumbnail image, with the lower half veiled by smoke. In the full image, other fires can be seen further south (the two in the bottom left corner are situated in Kazakhstan).

Although the exact location of the blazes is difficult to pinpoint due to the hazy skies, those visible here are located somewhere east of Moscow and between Yekaterinburg and Syktyvkar.

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).

White Sea and Hazy Skies Over Lakes Onega and Ladoga, Russia

61.6N 35.5E

August 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Russia - August 4th, 2010

Despite its dark blue color, the body of water in the upper left quadrant is known as the White Sea. It is an inlet of the Barents Sea on the northwest coast of Russia. It is surrounded by Karelia to the west, the Kola peninsula to the north, and the Kanin Peninsula to the northeast.

Two other bodies of water can also be observed to the south: Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga (lower left corner). The skies over these lakes appear slightly hazy due to smoke from wildfires in other parts of Russia (click here for previous articles).

Wildfire Northeast of Dnieper River and Black Sea, Russia

50.3N 35.7E

August 16th, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes, Rivers

Russia - August 4th, 2010

The lower parts of this image are occupied by the Black Sea (furthest south) and the Sea of Azov (connected to the former, slightly north of it). The Sea of Azov appears more greenish in color.

The surrounding land belongs to Ukraine (upper left quadrant) and Russia (remainder of image). The bay generally freezes from December to May; however in this image taken in late April, it is completely clear of ice and its waters appear tinged green with sediments.

The river flowing across the image and into the Black Sea to the west of the Crimean Peninsula is the Dnieper. It flows from Russia, through Belarus and Ukraine, to the Black Sea, for a total length of 2,285 kilometres (1,420 mi).

Black Sea (larger, below) and the Sea of Azov (smaller, above). The land belongs to Turkey (below), Georgia (center right), Russia (upper right quadrant) and Ukraine (upper left quadrant).

Moving northeastward into Russian territory, a fire can be seen in the upper right quadrant. It appears to be situated in a forested area about halfway between Moscow and the Ukrainian border. Russia has been plagued by such wildfires this summer (click here for previous articles).