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Colorful Inlets of the Sivash Sea, Ukraine – May 19th, 2010

46.0N 34.0E

May 19th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Ukraine - April 28th, 2010

Ukraine - April 28th, 2010

The Sivash Sea (also spelled Syvash or Sivaš), meaning “Putrid Sea”, is a system of shallow inlets of the Sea of Azov. These inlets penetrate the northern and eastern coasts of the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine (bottom half of image). Here, the inlets appear quite colorful, with tan, green and blue hues.

Sivash is an area of marshy inlets and coves on the western margin of the Sea of Azov, from which it is separated by the Arabat Spit, a sandbar measuring from 900 feet to 5 miles (270 m to 8 km) in width. The “sea” covers an area of approximately 990 square miles (2,560 square km) and is covered with mineral salts during the summer.

The Sea of Azov and the Crimean Peninsula – April 13th, 2009

April 13th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Sea of Azov and Crimea - April 5th, 2009

Sea of Azov and Crimea - April 5th, 2009

The Sea of Azov is the world’s shallowest sea, linked by the Strait of Kerch to the Black Sea to the south. It is bounded on the north by Ukraine, on the east by Russia and on the west by the Crimean peninsula.

The sea is 340 kilometres (210 mi) long and 135 kilometres (84 mi) wide and has an area of 37,555 square kilometres (14,500 sq mi).

The main rivers flowing into it are the Don and Kuban; they ensure that the waters of the sea have comparatively low salinity and are almost fresh in places, and also bring in huge volumes of silt. Here, such silt appears greenish yellow and is particularly intense along the northern shores.

To the west also lie the 110 kilometres (68 mi) long Arabat Spit and the highly saline marshy inlets of the Sivash Sea on the border of the Crimean Peninsula.

The Sea of Azov is the shallowest sea in the world with an average depth of 13 metres (43 ft) and maximum depth of 15.3 metres (50 ft); where silt has built up, such as the Gulf of Taganrog, the average depth is less than 1 metre (3 ft).