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Silt Along the Shores of the Sea of Azov, Russia and Ukraine – May 1st, 2010

45.3N 36.5E

May 1st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Russia and Ukraine - April 28th, 2010

Russia and Ukraine - April 28th, 2010

The Sea of Azov (center) is the world’s shallowest sea, linked by the Strait of Kerch to the Black Sea to the south. It is bounded on the north by Ukraine mainland, on the east by Russia, and on the west by the Crimean Peninsula.

The Sea of Azov is the shallowest sea in the world with an average depth of 13 metres (43 ft) and maximum depth of 15.3 metres (50 ft). The sea is 340 kilometres (210 mi) long and 135 kilometres (84 mi) wide and has an area of 37,555 square kilometres (14,500 sq mi).

The main rivers flowing into it are the Don and Kuban; they ensure that the waters of the sea have comparatively low salinity and are almost fresh in places, and also bring in huge volumes of silt (framing much of the sea with a greenish color, here). To the west also lie the 110 kilometres (68 mi) long Arabat Spit and the highly saline marshy inlets of the Sivash.

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