Lakes Become Visible as Siberian Snow Melts – May 11th, 2009
A series of emerald colored lakes dot the landscape of the West Siberian Plain in south-central Russia.
Just over two months ago, during the winter, this whole area was covered with snow and the lakes appeared slate blue or were covered with ice and snow and thus hardly visible (click here for original article). Now, they stand out, a vivid green amidst the brown landscape.
The two large lakes near the center are Lake Kulundinskoye (right) and Lake Chany (left).
Lake Chany is a shallow, freshwater lake that has a fluctuating water level, which can change from season to season and year to year.
A variety of ecosystems that surround the lake include a mixture of wetlands, salt marshes, and a mixture of birch and aspen forests. Lake Chany in particular is critically important for the migratory birds of Siberia.