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Phytoplankton Bloom Strongest in Southern Part of Black Sea

43.7N 31.1E

July 9th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Black Sea – July 7th, 2012

The phytoplankton bloom that has been giving bright blue shades to the waters of the Black Sea over the last month (click here for previous images), appears to be diminishing slightly in intensity, although it is still spread throughout most of the large body of water. Here, the bloom is most concentrated in the southern part of the sea, while the section due west of the Crimean Peninsula shows little activity.

Black Sea, from the Danube Delta to the Shores of Georgia – April 16th, 2012

43.0N 35.0E

April 16th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Black Sea - March 18th, 2012

This image shows the entirety of the Black Sea, located in an elliptical depression which lies between Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Visible on the western shores of the immense lake is the delta of the Danube River; sediments can be seen flowing from the delta into the sea. To the north, the Sea of Azov, northeast of the Crimean Peninsula and connected to the Black Sea via the Strait of Kerch, is partially covered in ice. The eastern part of the sea, near Georgia, is partially obscured by clouds.

 

Sivash Sea on Isthmus of Perekop, Crimea, Ukraine

44.9N 34.1E

December 8th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Ukraine - November 25th, 2011

Crimea, is a sub-national unit, an autonomous republic, of Ukraine. It is located on the northern coast of the Black Sea (blue, below) and on the western coast of the Sea of Azov (green, upper right), on the Crimean Peninsula, bordering Kherson Oblast from the North. Crimea’s total land area is 26,100 km2 (10,077 sq mi).

Crimea is connected to the mainland by the 5–7 kilometres (3.1–4.3 mi) wide Isthmus of Perekop. However, it is almost cut off from the mainland by the Sivash Sea, actually a large system of shallow, silty lagoons. Here, the lagoons show varied, bright colors, ranging from lime green to electric blue to pink.

At the eastern tip of Crimea is the Kerch Peninsula, which is directly opposite the Taman Peninsula on the Russian mainland. Between the Kerch and Taman peninsulas, lies the 3–13 kilometres (1.9–8.1 mi) wide Strait of Kerch, which connects the waters of the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov.

The Crimean coastline is broken by several bays and harbors. The southeast coast is flanked at a distance of 8–12 kilometres (5.0–7.5 mi) from the sea by a parallel range of mountains, the Crimean Mountains. These mountains are backed by secondary parallel ranges. Seventy-five percent of the remaining area of Crimea consists of semiarid prairie lands, a southward continuation of the Pontic steppes, which slope gently to the northwest from the foot of the Crimean Mountains.

Mouth of Don River and Kerch Strait Connected to Sea of Azov

46.0N 36.0E

October 17th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Sea of Azov - October 5th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Sea of Azov, a sea in the southern part of Eastern Europe. It is linked by the narrow (about 4 km-wide) Strait of Kerch to the Black Sea to the south, and is bounded on the north by mainland Ukraine, on the east by Russia, and on the west by the Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

The sea is largely affected by the inflow of numerous rivers, which bring sand, silt, and shells, forming numerous bays, limans, and narrow sandbanks called spits. Because of these deposits, the sea bottom is relatively smooth and flat with the depth gradually increasing toward the sea centre. The Don and Kuban are the major rivers that flow into it. In this image, the mouth and lower portions of the Don River appear bright white.

Europe, from the Carpathians to Crimea to Greece and Turkey – September 25th, 2011

41.4N 27.3E

September 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Greece - September 1st, 2011

This image stretches from the Black Sea (upper right quadrant) to the Sea of Marmara (center), to the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas (below). Visible in the upper right corner is part of the Crimean Peninsula, in Ukraine.

The upper left quadrant includes the Carpathian Mountains, snaking across Romania and neighboring countries in an inverted S-shape. Visible below are Greece (left) and Turkey (right) and the numerous islands between them.

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