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Rivermouths on the Black Sea: the Southern Buh and Dnieper

April 20th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Ukraine - April 10th, 2009

Ukraine - April 10th, 2009

Two rivers can be seen here in the Ukraine, before emptying into the Black Sea. The Southern Buh snakes through the western portion of the image, while the mouth of the Dnieper is visible on the right.

The Southern Buh (also known as the Bug or Boh River) is entirely located in Ukraine. It rises in the west, in the Podolian uplands, about 145 km from the Polish border, and flows southeasterly into the Black Sea through the southern steppe. It is 806 km long and drains 63,700 km².

The Dnieper River is one of the major rivers in Europe (fourth by length) that flows from Russia, through Belarus and Ukraine, to the Black Sea. Here, it can be seen where it empties into the Black Sea.

Its total length is 2,285 kilometres (1,420 mi), of which 485 km (301 mi) lie within Russia, 595 km (370 mi) within Belarus, and 1,095 km (680 mi) within Ukraine. For 115 km (71 mi) of its length, it serves as the border between Belarus and Ukraine.

Its basin covers 504,000 square kilometres (195,000 sq mi), of which 289,000 km2 (112,000 sq mi) are within Ukraine.

The Dnieper’s source is the turf swamps of the Valdai Hills in central Russia, at an elevation of 220 m (722 ft).

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