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Colorful Inlets of the Sivash Sea, Ukraine – May 19th, 2010

46.0N 34.0E

May 19th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

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The Sivash Sea (also spelled Syvash or Sivaš), meaning “Putrid Sea”, is a system of shallow inlets of the Sea of Azov. These inlets penetrate the northern and eastern coasts of the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine (bottom half of image). Here, the inlets appear quite colorful, with tan, green and blue hues.

Sivash is an area of marshy inlets and coves on the western margin of the Sea of Azov, from which it is separated by the Arabat Spit, a sandbar measuring from 900 feet to 5 miles (270 m to 8 km) in width. The “sea” covers an area of approximately 990 square miles (2,560 square km) and is covered with mineral salts during the summer.

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