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Numerous Channels and Streams of Volga River Delta, Russia

46.0N 48.5E

June 6th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Volga River Delta, Russia - June 2nd, 2009

Volga River Delta, Russia - June 2nd, 2009

The Volga is the largest river in Europe in terms of length, discharge, and watershed. It belongs to the closed basin of the Caspian Sea.

Rising in the Valdai Hills 225 meters (738 ft) above sea level north-west of Moscow and  flows through the western part of Russia, before discharging into the Caspian Sea below Astrakhan at 28 meters (92 ft) below sea level.

The Volga Delta has a length of about 160 kilometres and includes as many as 500 channels and smaller rivers. Here, such channels appear white and grey, making a streaked, lightning-like pattern across the radar image.

The largest estuary in Europe, it is the only place in Russia where pelicans, flamingoes, and lotuses may be found.

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