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Volga and Ural Rivers Draining Into Caspian Sea

47.0N 49.3E

June 18th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Caspian Sea - May 19th, 2012

The Volga River zig-zags across the Russian landscape and flows through several large reservoirs on its way south to the Caspian Sea. It is the largest river in Europe in terms of length, discharge, and watershed. Upon reaching the Caspian Depression, it drains into the Caspian Sea through the Volga Delta, the largest river delta in Europe. Visible to the east of the Volga is another river, the Ural, which flows through Russia and Kazakhstan and is the third longest river in Europe. It also drains into the Caspian Sea. Here, the northern part of the sea is an opaque tan and blue due to the influx of sediments and phytoplankton growth.

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