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Bristol Bay and Ahklun Mountains, Alaska, USA

57.9N 160.6W

March 6th, 2012 Category: Mountains

USA - January 3rd, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows Bristol Bay, the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea, in Southwest Alaska, USA. Bristol Bay is 400 km (250 mi) long and 290 km, (180 mi) wide at its mouth. A number of rivers flow into the bay, including the Cinder, Egegik, Igushik, Kvichak, Meshik, Nushagak, Naknek, Togiak, and Ugashik. Here, a layer of ice, appearing light grey, can be seen over some of the waters.

Visible north of the bay are the Ahklun Mountains, in the northeast section of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska. They support the only existing glaciers in western Alaska, and are the highest Alaskan mountain range west of the Alaska Range and north of the Alaska Peninsula. To the west of the range is the Kuskokwim River and to the east is the Bristol Bay lowlands.

Phytoplankton in Bering Sea Near Alaska, USA

58.6N 160.9W

August 22nd, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton, Rivers

Phytoplankton Near Alaska, USA - August 17th, 2011

A bright teal phytoplankton bloom colors the waters of the Bering Sea near the shores of Alaska, USA. Visible near the shoreline, north of the bloom, is Hagemeister Island, located on the north shore of Bristol Bay at the entrance to Togiak Bay.

Visible further north, upon opening the full image, is the Yukon River,  a major watercourse of northwestern North America. This portion of the river visible here lies in, and gives its name to, Alaska’s Yukon Territory. The river is 1,980 miles (3,190 km) long and empties into the Bering Sea at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Pylginsky Ridge by Shores of Olyutorsky Bay, Russia

61.5N 156.7E

October 25th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Russia - October 2nd, 2010

The Olyutorsky Bay, stretching horizontally across the image center, is a gulf or bay of the Bering Sea in the northern part of Kamchatka Krai, Russia. It is bounded on the west by the Govena Peninsula, which separates it from Korfa Bay (left edge), and on the east by the Olyutorsky Peninsula.

The bay extends roughly 83 km inland and is 228 km at its widest. The deepest spot is about 1,000 meters. The western shore is dominated by the Pylginsky Ridge, which has a maximum elevation of 1,357 meters. The bay is normally covered by fast ice from December to May. It has a large tidal range of up to 1.9 meters.

Kuskokwim River and Bay, Southwestern Alaska, USA

61.5N 159.5W

June 9th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

USA - June 1st, 2010

USA - June 1st, 2010

The mountains of central Alaska are lower than the ranges to the north and south. They are drained almost entirely by two river systems, the Yukon and the Kuskokwim. The intricately dissected uplands are divided into three areas: the eastern highlands, the western highlands, and the Seward Peninsula.

Here, the Kuskokwim River can be seen emptying sediments into Kuskokwim Bay in the Bering Sea. Kuskokwim Bay is a bay in southwestern Alaska. It is about 160 km (100 miles) long, and 160 km (100 miles) wide.

The Cook Inlet and Nearby Features, Alaska, USA

59.5N 155.1W

October 20th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Alaska, USA - August 11th, 2009

Alaska, USA - August 11th, 2009

The junction of two mountain ranges, the Alaska Range from the North and the Aleutian Range from the South, can be noted near the center of this image of Alaska, USA. Near this juncture is Lake Iliamna, dark blue, the state’s largest lake.

East of the lake and mountains is Cook Inlet, which stretches 180 mi from the Gulf of Alaska (below) to Anchorage (above) in south-central Alaska. Here, greyish-tan sediments flow from the upper reaches of the inlet down towards the gulf.

West of the Alaska Range and Lake Iliamna, on the other hand, is a flatter area of terrain. Here, the Kuskokwim River can be seen flowing southwest towards the Bering Sea. The river, which is approximately 724 miles (1,165 km) long, is also the longest river entirely contained within one state of the USA.

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