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The Sivash Sea, Ukraine and Crimea

February 20th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

The Sivash Sea, Ukraine and Crimea - February 19th, 2009

The Sivash Sea, Ukraine and Crimea - February 19th, 2009

Parts of Ukraine (above) and the Crimean Peninsula (below) are visible here, dotted by fields. These two landmasses are connected by the Isthmus of Perekop, with a width of 5–7 kilometers (3–4 miles), left.

Some interesting wavelike cloud patterns can be observed over Ukraine.

To the West we can see the Bay of Karkinit in the Black Sea, while the Sea of Azov is visible to the East. An algal bloom is present in both bodies of water, though it is more dense in the Sea of Azov.

These two seas are connected by the Sivash Sea, also known as the Putrid Sea. It is a salt lagoon, about 1,000 sq mi (2,590 sq km), extending along the northeastern coast of Crimea. Its shallow waters have a strong content of sediments, salt and algae, turning them a greenish-tan color.

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