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High Vegetation Index Along Caucasus and Pontic Ranges by Black Sea

43.0N 37.6E

October 8th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Vegetation Index

Russia - August 24th, 2010

This FAPAR image shows vegetation index of the land surrounding the central and eastern Black Sea, including parts of the Ukraine (upper left quadrant), Russia (upper right quadrant), Georgia (center right) and Turkey (below).

The photosynthetic activity is highest (dark green to rusty red) along the mountain ranges, particuarly the Greater Caucasus Range (center right) dividing Russia and Georgia, and the Pontic Range, in Turkey (bottom left, parallel to the shoreline).

Much of the rest of the image shows low photosynthetic activity (yellow to white in color), although some areas to the northwest show fair activity that gradually increases as one moves westward.

The full image stretches southward, across Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea to Africa and the Middle East. Although most of the land shows a very low vegetation index (white), good activity can be observed by the Nile River and Delta.

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