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Caspian Sea: the World’s Largest Inland Body of Water – June 9th, 2010

42.0N 50.0E

June 9th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Caspian Sea - June 1st, 2010

Caspian Sea - June 1st, 2010

The Caspian Sea is an inland salt lake between Europe and Asia, bordering Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Iran. Though it receives many rivers, including the Volga, Ural, and Kura, the sea itself has no outlet.

With a basin 750 mi (1,200 km) long and up to 200 mi (320 km) wide and an area of 149,200 sq mi (386,400 sq km), it is the largest inland body of water in the world.

Don River Entering Taganrog Bay, Russia and Ukraine – June 2nd, 2010

47.0N 38.8E

June 2nd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Ukraine and Russia - April 28th, 2010

Ukraine and Russia - April 28th, 2010

Taganrog Bay or Taganrog Gulf is the northeastern arm of the Sea of Azov. At its northeast end is the mouth of the Don River. It has a length of about 140 km, is 31km wide at the mouth, and has a median depth of about 5 m.

The surrounding land belongs to Ukraine (upper left quadrant) and Russia (remainder of image). The bay generally freezes from December to May; however in this image taken in late April, it is completely clear of ice and its waters appear tinged green with sediments.

Its mouth is marked by the Dolgaya Spit on the south and the Belosaray Spit (Belosarayskaya Spit) on the north. It abounds in sandy spits that partly enclose shallow bays. The Rivers Don, Kalmius, Mius and Yeya fall into the Taganrog Bay.

Vegetation Index Around the Black Sea and Sea of Azov

43.9N 33.8E

May 31st, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Black Sea - April 28th, 2010

Black Sea - April 28th, 2010

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index around the Black Sea (larger, below) and the Sea of Azov (smaller, above). The land belongs to Turkey (below), Georgia (center right), Russia (upper right quadrant) and Ukraine (upper left quadrant).

Areas near the shorelines have the highest index of photosynthetic activity (uniformly bright green with some red). Upon opening the full image, the rest of the visible land shows a mixed index, mottled with red (high activity), green (good activity) and yellow (low activity) dots.

Greater Caucasus Range Between Russia and Georgia – May 27th, 2010

42.9N 40.7E

May 27th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Russia and Georgia - April 28th, 2010

Russia and Georgia - April 28th, 2010

The Caucasus is a mountainous region, between the Black Sea (visible in the lower part of the image) and Caspian Sea. Occupying roughly 170,000 sq mi (440,000 sq km), it is divided among Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia and forms part of the traditional dividing line between Europe and Asia.

It is bisected by the Caucasus Mountains; the area north of the Greater Caucasus range is called Ciscaucasia and the region to the south Transcaucasia. Here, part of the Greater Caucasus Range by the border of Russia (above) and Georgia (below) can be observed.

The Greater Caucasus is a major range of the Caucasus Mountains, extending west-east for about 750 miles (1,200 km) from the Taman Peninsula on the Black Sea to the Ab┼čeron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea.

Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and Tbilisi, Georgia

41.7N 44.7E

May 26th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Georgia - May 21st, 2009

Georgia - May 21st, 2009

Georgia is in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia, straddling Western Asia and Eastern Europe.

Mountains are the dominant geographic feature of Georgia. The most important range is the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range (above), which separates Georgia from Russia, with its highest peaks rising more than 5,000 meters (16,400 ft) above sea level.

This ASAR image has been orthrectified, removing geometric distortion. This gives a more precise view of the geographic features, particularly the mountains.

Running through the center of the image is the Mt’k’vari (Kura) River. Georgia’s capital and largest city, Tbilisi (lower right), lies on its banks.