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Fire on Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia – August 6th, 2010

60.9N 164.2E

August 6th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Mountains, Volcanoes

Russia - July 30th, 2010

A wildfire in the upper part of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula blows a thick plume of smoke to the east-northeast. West of the blaze, a river spills brown sediments into Penzhina Bay.

Visible southwest of the fire are the snow-capped peaks of the Kamchatka Range, also known as the Central Range, which runs down towards the tip of the peninsula. Several nearby volcanoes appear capped with snow or ringed by clouds.

Ship Tracks and Phytoplankton by Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

53.7N 161.7E

June 23rd, 2010 Category: Clouds, Phytoplankton

Russia - June 1st, 2010

Russia - June 1st, 2010

This image of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East contains two interesting atmospheric and oceanographic phenomena: ship tracks, visible in the lower left quadrant, and a phytoplankton bloom, just off the coast of the peninsula in the upper part of the full image.

The ship tracks, which look like long linear clouds, form due to the gathering of water molecules around the exhaust released into the air by passing ships.

The green phytoplankton bloom, which is faint and best observed by opening the full image, is caused by increased reproduction of phytoplankton in an area that leads to a high concentration of those microorganisms and alters the color of the water.

Snow on the Kamchatka Peninsula and Ice Offshore, Russia

56.0N 160.0E

February 10th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Russia - January 25th, 2010

Russia - January 25th, 2010

The Kamchatka Peninsula, in the Russian Far East, is covered with a white blanket of snow. The peaks of the Kamchatka or Central Range are visible as a vertical line cutting through the center of the peninsula.

This large peninsula’s heavily indented east coast has four distinct smaller peninsular formations: (from bottom to top) Shipunsky Point, Kronotsky Point, Kamchatsky Point and Ozernoy Point. In the bays between these peninsulas, ice can be seen in swirled patterns on the surface of the water. These paisley designs are created when ice forms or melts and takes on the form of the water currents.

Snow-covered Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia – December 18th, 2009

53.0N 158.6E

December 18th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Russia - November 28th, 2009

Russia - November 28th, 2009

Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometer long peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of 472,300 kmĀ². It lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. The peninsula contains the Volcanoes of Kamchatka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here, the Kamchatka or Central Range can be seen running down the middle of the peninsula towards the southern tip, called Cape Lopatka. The circular bay to the north of the cape on the Pacific side is Avacha Bay with the capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Moving north from the cape, up the Pacific side, the four peninsulas are called Shipunsky Point, Kronotsky Point, Kamchatsky Point and Ozernoy Point.

Bolshaya Ipelka Shield Volcano by the Vostochny Range, Russia – December 3rd, 2009

56.0N 160.0E

December 3rd, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia - October 7th, 2009

Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia - October 7th, 2009

Visible at the start of the Central Valley above the Vostochny (or Eastern Range) mountains running down the Kamchatka Peninsula in this orthorectified image is the Bolshaya Ipelka shield volcano.

It is the largest volcanic structure of southern Kamchatka, despite the fact that it has been heavily eroded by glaciers. Today, it has a height of 1154 meters (3785 feet). The inner walls are steep, as one can observe from the deep grooves here, and the outer slopes are rocky.