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The Dolgaya Spit Between Taganrog Bay and the Sea of Azov, Russia

46.6N 37.7E

November 6th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Russia - October 7th, 2009

Russia - October 7th, 2009

The Sea of Azov is bounded on the north by Ukraine (top), on the east by Russia (right) and on the west by the Crimean peninsula.

It 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), although some parts of it, such as Taganrog Bay (upper half of the image), the average depth is less than 1 metre (3 ft).

At the uppermost reaches of Taganrog Bay is the mouth of the Don River (top right), which can be seen here tinting the bay’s shallow waters green with sediments. Marking the lower limits of the bay, on the other hand, is the Dolgaya Spit.

The Dolgaya Spit is a sandy spit with a length of about 17 km and a width of about 500 m, appearing here as a thin, faint yellowish line extending northeastward from the peninsula in the center of the image.

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