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Mouth of Don River and Kerch Strait Connected to Sea of Azov

46.0N 36.0E

October 17th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Sea of Azov - October 5th, 2011

This orthorectified image¬†shows the Sea of Azov, a sea in the southern part of Eastern Europe. It is linked by the narrow (about 4 km-wide) Strait of Kerch to the Black Sea to the south, and is bounded on the north by mainland Ukraine, on the east by Russia, and on the west by the Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

The sea is largely affected by the inflow of numerous rivers, which bring sand, silt, and shells, forming numerous bays, limans, and narrow sandbanks called spits. Because of these deposits, the sea bottom is relatively smooth and flat with the depth gradually increasing toward the sea centre. The Don and Kuban are the major rivers that flow into it. In this image, the mouth and lower portions of the Don River appear bright white.

Vegetation Index Around the Black Sea and Sea of Azov

44.3N 36.1E

May 9th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Black Sea - April 27th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index around the Black Sea (center) and Sea of Azov (above).

Levels of photosynthetic activity are generally good (green) along the shorelines of the Black Sea, with one exception along the northeastern shores, and throughout the Crimean Peninsula, except for its southeastern shores. Those areas of exception show lower levels of activity (yellow).

Sediments in the Sivash, Black and Azov Seas by Ukraine

46.0N 34.2E

December 3rd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Sediments

Ukraine - November 28th, 2010

The Crimean Peninsula, part of Ukraine, occupies most of this image. The peninsula is surrounded by the Black Sea to the west and south, and by the Sea of Azov to the east. Greenish sediments can be observed in both of these bodies of water.

The penisula is connected to mainland Ukraine by the Isthmus of Perekop. The brightly colored green, blue and tan lakes and inlets located across the isthmus are the salty, marshy bodies of water collectively known as the Sivash Sea.

Sediments in the Sea of Azov, Russia and Ukraine

46.1N 36.4E

November 10th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Russia and Ukraine - August 27th, 2010

The Sea of Azov occupies the majority of this image. Greenish sediments can be seen in its waters, particularly on the eastern shores. The upper shoreline has an interesting scallop shape, with several long spits of land extending far out into the waters.

On the southern end, it is connected to the Black Sea by the Strait of Kerch. The Black Sea’s waters are darker blue and show fewer sediments; this is in part because it is deeper than the Sea of Azov.

Vegetation Index Around the Black Sea and Sea of Azov

43.9N 33.8E

May 31st, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Black Sea - April 28th, 2010

Black Sea - April 28th, 2010

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index around the Black Sea (larger, below) and the Sea of Azov (smaller, above). The land belongs to Turkey (below), Georgia (center right), Russia (upper right quadrant) and Ukraine (upper left quadrant).

Areas near the shorelines have the highest index of photosynthetic activity (uniformly bright green with some red). Upon opening the full image, the rest of the visible land shows a mixed index, mottled with red (high activity), green (good activity) and yellow (low activity) dots.

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