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Tsimlyansk Reservoir and Lake Manych-Gudilo, Russia

47.8N 42.8E

January 21st, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

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This image focuses on the Tsimlyansk Reservoir, an artificial lake on the Don River in the territories of Rostov and Volgograd Oblasts. Completed in 1952, the reservoir is one of the largest in Russia, providing power and irrigation to the Rostov and Volgograd regions. The reservoir, together with the Volga-Don Canal and the lower course of the Don, provides an important waterway between the Volga River basin and the Sea of Azov.

In the full image, the bright green Lake Manych-Gudilo can be observed to the south. It a large saltwater reservoir lake in Kalmykia, Russia. Part of the lake lies also in Rostov Oblast and Stavropol Krai. It has an area of about 344 kmĀ² and average depth of only about 0.6 m. Lake Manych-Gudilo is the source of the West Manych River, which flows north-west, through a number of reservoirs, falling into the lower Don a short distance upstream from Rostov-na-Donu and the Don’s fall into the Sea of Azov.

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