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Russian and Latvian Landscapes

May 5th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Russia and Latvia - April 19th, 2009

Russia and Latvia - April 19th, 2009

While the landscape to the North, in Finland (top left) and Russia (right) is dusted with snow, the southern portion of the image, including Latvia (bottom left) is clear. Estonia (center left) is partially veiled by clouds.

The northern and eastern shores of Lake Ladoga in Russia (top) are ringed by ice. It drains into the Gulf of Finland (left) via the Neva River. The city of Saint Petersburg, Russia, is located between the two, on the banks of the Neva.

Further southwest, the Gulf of Riga, a bay of the Baltic Sea, is visible between Estonia and Latvia. It has an area of about 18,000 km² and a maximum depth of 54 meters.

Latvia itself is located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea and lies on the East European Plain. However in vegetation it is much different than the rest of the plain and shares many similarities with the boreal biome. It consists of fertile, low-lying plains, largely covered by forest, mostly pines.

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