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Ice-Covered Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia

53.1N 107.6E

May 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Lake Baikal is located in the southern part of eastern Siberia, within the republic of Buryatia and Irkutsk Oblast (province) of Russia. Despite the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures, it still appears frozen solid.

It is the oldest existing freshwater lake on Earth (20–25 million years old), as well as the deepest continental body of water, having a maximum depth of 5,315 feet (1,620 metres).

Its area is some 12,200 square miles (31,500 square km), with a length of 395 miles (636 km) and an average width of 30 miles (48 km). It is also the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume.

Frozen Angara River in Russian Siberia

58.3N 97.4E

February 7th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Russia - January 26th, 2010

Russia - January 26th, 2010

The Angara River is a 1,779 kilometer (1,105 mi) long river that runs across Irkutsk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai in southeastern Siberia, Russia. It is the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal, and is a headwater of the Yenisei River. Here, the river appears as a white line crossing the snow-dusted Siberian landscape.

Leaving Lake Baikal near the settlement of Listvyanka, the Angara flows north past the Irkutsk Oblast’s cities of Irkutsk, Angarsk, Bratsk, and Ust-Ilimsk. It then turns west, enters the Krasnoyarsk Krai, and falls into the Yenisei near Strelka. Below its junction with the Ilim River the Angara has been known in the past as the Upper Tunguska.

The Ust-Ilimsk Reservoir on the Angara River, Russia

58.0N 102.8E

November 10th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - October 5th, 2009

Russia - October 5th, 2009

The Angara River (Russian: Ангара́) is a 1,779 kilometers (1,105 mi) long river in Irkutsk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai, south-east Siberia, Russia. It is the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal, and is a headwater of the Yenisei River.

Here, it is visible near Ust-Ilimsk, after flowing past Bratsk. It then turns west, enters the Krasnoyarsk Krai, and falls into the Yenisei near Strelka.

The Angara is dammed by the dams of three major hydroelectric plants that have been constructed since the 1950s: Irkutsk Dam, Bratsk Dam forming the Bratsk Reservoir, Ust-Ilimsk Dam forming the Ust-Ilimsk Reservoir (visible here), and Boguchany Dam (under construction) at Kodinsk.

Wildfires Ongoing near Lake Baikal, Russia

53.1N 107.6E

May 25th, 2009 Category: Fires

Fires near Lake Baikal, Russia - May 24th, 2009

Fires near Lake Baikal, Russia - May 24th, 2009

Fires southeast of Lake Baikal

Fires southeast of Lake Baikal

Fires continue to blaze near Lake Baikal, in Russia’s Irkutsk Oblast.

These fires have been burning for almost two weeks.

In this image, captured yesterday, there appears to be less smoke and fewer large fires than the last time the area was observed (click here for previous articles).

Northeasterly Winds Fan Smoke from Baikal Blazes

53.1N 107.6E

May 22nd, 2009 Category: Fires

Fires near Lake Baikal, Russia - May 22nd, 2009

Fires near Lake Baikal, Russia - May 22nd, 2009

Fires south of Lake Baikal

Fires south of Lake Baikal

Fires southeast of Lake Baikal

Fires southeast of Lake Baikal

Winds blowing to the northeast fan the smoke from fires around Lake Baikal, in Russia’s Irkutsk Oblast.

These fires have been burning for over a week (click here for previous articles).

Fires are common in Russia at this time of year; typically there are few wildfires per week in a region, although they don’t affect every region.

Six years ago the Russian Federation Ministry of Natural Resources launched a new wildfire detection and monitoring system that uses space downlink stations situated in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Yakutsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Each station downloads and processes data from the Terra satellites with an observation radius of 3,000km. This system detects early-stage wildfires by their smoke plumes at a minimum recognizable area of 30 square meters.

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