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Selenga Delta and Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal, Russia – August 4th, 2010

53.1N 107.3E

August 4th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

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In this summer image, Lake Baikal, located in Russian Siberia, is free of ice. Notable features in the lake, best observed in the very crisp full image, include the Selenga Delta and Olkhon Island.

The Selenga Delta is situated in the lower reaches of the lake. The waters around it appear greenish, tinged by sediments from the 992 km long Selenga River.

The island of Olkhon is situated north of the delta, on the opposite shore of the lake. It is the third-largest lake-bound island in the world and by far the largest island in Lake Baikal, with an area of 730 km2.

Upon opening the full image, a fire can also be observed northeast of the lake’s northern shores. The smoke released by the blaze is blowing to the northwest.

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