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Angara River Flowing Through Bratsk Reservoir, Russia

58.6N 98.8E

March 2nd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - January 17th, 2011

The Angara River can be observed flowing through the Bratsk Reservoir (center right edge) and to the north, before bending to the west and cutting across the image, parallel to the top edge. Both the river and the reservoir appear white as they are frozen from the low Siberian winter temperatures.

The Angara is a 1,779 kilometer (1,105 mi) long river in Irkutsk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai, south-east Siberia, Russia. It is the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal, and is a headwater of the Yenisei River.

Frozen Contours of the Bratsk Reservoir, Russia

56.2N 101.7E

January 27th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - January 16th, 2011

The Bratsk Reservoir appears covered in snow and ice in this winter image of Russian Siberia. It is a reservoir of the Angara River, located in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia.

It has a surface area of 5470 km2 and a maximum volume of 169.27 × 1012 litres (37.2 × 1012 gallons). At the time of its inauguration, in 1967, the reservoir was the largest artificial lake in the world.

Frozen Lake Baikal and Snow-Blanketed Surroundings, Russia

53.1N 107.6E

February 23rd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - February 16th, 2010

Russia - February 16th, 2010

Lake Baikal, the mountains near its coasts, nearby rivers and streams, and much of the surrounding Siberian terrain all appear covered in ice or snow in this winter image. Lake Baikal is in a rift valley, created by the Baikal Rift Zone, where the crust of the earth is pulling apart.

At 636 kilometres (395 mi) long and 79 kilometres (49 mi) wide, Lake Baikal has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in Asia (31,722 km2/12,248 sq mi) and is the deepest lake in the world (1,642 m/5,390 ft). The bottom of the lake is 1,186.5 metres (3,893 ft) below sea level, but below this lies some 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) of sediment, placing the rift floor some 8–11 kilometres (more than 5 miles) below the surface: the deepest continental rift on Earth.

In geological terms, the rift is young and active—it widens about two cm per year. The fault zone is also seismically active; there are hot springs in the area and notable earthquakes every few years. The lake drains into the Angara tributary of the Yenisei.

Frozen Angara River in Russian Siberia

58.3N 97.4E

February 7th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Russia - January 26th, 2010

Russia - January 26th, 2010

The Angara River is a 1,779 kilometer (1,105 mi) long river that runs across Irkutsk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai in southeastern Siberia, Russia. It is the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal, and is a headwater of the Yenisei River. Here, the river appears as a white line crossing the snow-dusted Siberian landscape.

Leaving Lake Baikal near the settlement of Listvyanka, the Angara flows north past the Irkutsk Oblast’s cities of Irkutsk, Angarsk, Bratsk, and Ust-Ilimsk. It then turns west, enters the Krasnoyarsk Krai, and falls into the Yenisei near Strelka. Below its junction with the Ilim River the Angara has been known in the past as the Upper Tunguska.

The Ust-Ilimsk Reservoir on the Angara River, Russia

58.0N 102.8E

November 10th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - October 5th, 2009

Russia - October 5th, 2009

The Angara River (Russian: Ангара́) is a 1,779 kilometers (1,105 mi) long river in Irkutsk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai, south-east Siberia, Russia. It is the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal, and is a headwater of the Yenisei River.

Here, it is visible near Ust-Ilimsk, after flowing past Bratsk. It then turns west, enters the Krasnoyarsk Krai, and falls into the Yenisei near Strelka.

The Angara is dammed by the dams of three major hydroelectric plants that have been constructed since the 1950s: Irkutsk Dam, Bratsk Dam forming the Bratsk Reservoir, Ust-Ilimsk Dam forming the Ust-Ilimsk Reservoir (visible here), and Boguchany Dam (under construction) at Kodinsk.

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