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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.

Green Sediments by the Kerch Strait, Ukraine and Russia – May 23rd, 2010

45.3N 36.6E

May 23rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

Black Sea - April 28th, 2010

Black Sea - April 28th, 2010

The Kerch Strait connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, separating the Kerch Peninsula in the west from the Taman Peninsula in the east. The strait is 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) to 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) wide and up to 18 metres (59 ft) deep.

The most important harbor is the Crimean city of Kerch (Ukraine) which gives its name to the strait, formerly known as the Cimmerian Bosporus.

The Russian side of the strait contains the Taman Bay encircled by the Tuzla Spit to the south and Chushka Spit to the north. The most important settlement on the Russian side is Taman where an important cargo port is under construction.

The Kerch Strait

January 11th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

The Kerch Strait - December 15th, 2008

The Kerch Strait - December 15th, 2008

The Kerch Strait connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. It separates the Kerch Peninsula in eastern Crimea from the Taman peninsula in western Russia.

The strait is 4.5 to 15 km (3-11 mi) wide and up to 18 meters deep. The most important harbor is the city of Kerch, in Crimea.

An algal bloom can be seen along both the Russian and Crimean shorelines. Some of the lakes just inland on the Russian side also appear very green with algae.

The brown area along the Russian shoreline is swampland or wetlands, not used for agriculture unlike much of the surrounding area.