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Dust Blowing Over Caspian Sea and Sarygamysh Lake

41.9N 57.4E

December 15th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Caspian Sea – December 13th, 2012

Plume of dust can be seen blowing westward over several bodies of water in this image of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan (top to bottom). In the upper left quadrant, the dust blows over the northern section of the Caspian Sea. In the lower right quadrant, the dust blows over Sarygamysh Lake (right edge) and Karabogas Bay.

Ice Along Northern Shores of Caspian Sea

46.7N 50.3E

December 13th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Caspian Sea – December 13th, 2012

As the northern hemisphere winter begins and temperatures drop, ice has begun to form around the northern shores of the Caspian Sea. The Volga Delta can be seen by the eft edge; ice has not formed along its shoreline.

The northern section of the sea is the part most prone to freezing, with ice starting to form around November. During severe winters, the whole northern part of the sea may become ice-covered. In soft winters ice is formed in shoals within the 2-3 meter isobaths (depth contours).

Sediments in Karabogas Bay, Turkmenistan

41.2N 53.3E

October 23rd, 2012 Category: Lakes, Sediments

Caspian Sea – October 21st, 2012

Sediments create tan paisley patterns in the usually blue waters of Karabogas Bay, a shallow inundated depression in the northwestern corner of Turkmenistan that forms a lagoon of the Caspian Sea. The water volume of the bay fluctuates seasonally with the Caspian Sea; at times it becomes a large bay of the Caspian Sea, while at other times its water level drops drastically.

Sediments and Phytoplankton Near Volga Delta – October 22nd, 2012

44.2N 49.4E

October 22nd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Phytoplankton, Rivers, Sediments

Caspian Sea – October 21st, 2012

Sediments and phytoplankton growth color the northern part of the Caspian Sea. While those in the central part of the northern lobe appear milky blue in color, those along the upper shoreline appear bright green. The latter are seeping out of the Volga River Delta, visible as a brown and green fanshaped area on the left side of the image.

Sediments Near Cheleken Peninsula and Ogurja Ada in Caspian Sea

38.7N 52.5E

October 1st, 2012 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Phytoplankton, Sediments

Caspian Sea – September 17th, 2012

Sediments, likely mixed with phytoplankton growth, line the shores of the southeastern Caspian Sea, staining the waters a milky teal. The sediments lie between the southern shores near the Alborz Mountains (below) and the Cheleken Peninsula (above). Visible near the peninsula is the island of Ogurja Ada, the largest island in Turkmenistan and the longest in the Caspian Sea. It is located 17 km south-southwest of the southern tip of the Cheleken Peninsula.