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Wildfire West of Krasnoyarsk Reservoir, Russia

54.1N 99.2E

June 13th, 2012 Category: Fires

Mongolia and Russia – May 31st, 2012

Many bodies of water can be observed in this image. In the upper part is the Krasnoyarsk Reservoir, created by the dam of the same name on the Yenisey River, in Russia. The Krasnoyarsk dam has greatly affected the local climate. Before the dam was built, the Yenisey in that area was free from ice around 196 days per year. Now it is free from ice the entire year up to 300 to 400 km downstream. The huge amount of water stored in Krasnoyarskoye reservoir makes the local climate more warm and humid.

Also of interest near the reservoir, to its west, is a wildfire (best observed at the top left of the full image). Smoke from the fire is blowing in a straight line towards the southwest.

Visible in the lower half of the image are several lakes in Mongolia: the rounded Lake Uvs Nuur, Lake Khyargas (below the former), Lake Airag (the small green lake just below Lake Khyargas), and, near the bottom edge from right to left, Lakes Khar, Dörgön and Khar-Us.

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