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Southern Tip of Kamchatka Peninsula and Nearby Kuril Islands, Russia – October 1st, 2009

50.8N 156.6E

October 1st, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Russia - September 19th, 2009

Russia - September 19th, 2009

Cape Lopatka is the southernmost point of Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, about 11 km north of Shumshu, the northernmost island of the Kuril Islands. Upon opening the full version of this orthorectified image, Shumshu can be seen in is entirety and most of Paramushir Island, below, is visible as well.

The peninsula itself has many volcanic features, including crater lakes and volcanic peaks. Here, Kurile Lake, a large caldera containing a crater lake, can be identified as a light grey area near the top.

The lake has an area of 77 square kilometres (30 sq mi), an average depth of 176 metres (580 ft), and a maximum depth of 306 m (1,000 ft). On the northeast coast is the dormant volcano Ilinskaya.

Souhwest of the lake are two other volcanoes: Kambalny, a stratovolcano (right), and Koshelev, a complex stratovolcano (left). The latter consists of four stratovolcanoes, from which the central Koshelev is the highest.

While many volcanic peaks pierce the image, the most notable is Ksudach Volcano (also known as Voniuchi Khrebet Volcano), visible in the upper part of the full image. This stratovolcano has a summit area comprising overlapping calderas in which two lakes, Balshoe and Kraternoe, are located.

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