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Fires in Northeastern Siberia, Russia

64.9N 152.6E

July 24th, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes, Rivers

Russia - July 17th, 2010

Russia - July 17th, 2010

Several large fires in northeastern Russia are releasing thick plumes of smoke. The smoke from the cluster of fires to the left blows first towards the northwest, then to the west. The plume to the right is blowing in a more northwardly direction. Upon opening the full image, other blazes can be seen nearby.

The fires are located near the Kolyma River in northeastern Siberia, whose basin covers parts of the Sakha Republic, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, and Magadan Oblast of Russia. The length of the Kolyma is 2,129 km. The area of its basin is 644,000 km². In the full image, the reservoir created by the Kolyma hydroelectric plant can be seen along the lower stretch of the river.

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