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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 Sayan Mountains and the Yenisei River, Russia

69.4N 86.1E

June 26th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia - June 23rd, 2009

Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia - June 23rd, 2009

The Sayan Mountains are a mountain range in southern Siberia, Russia. The Eastern Sayan extends 1000 km from the Yenisei River to the southwest end of Lake Baikal. The Western Sayan forms the eastern continuation of the Altay Mountains, stretching for 500 km to the middle of the Eastern Sayan.

Here, part of the Eastern Sayan in Krasnoyarsk Krai is visible, bordered by the Yenisei River (lower left) and several lakes. The largest lake visible is Khantayskoye Reservoir, situated between the river and the snow-capped mountain peaks.

The Sayan Mountains’ towering peaks and cool lakes southwest of Tuva give rise to the tributaries that merge to become the Yenisei River, one of Siberia’s major rivers, which flows north over 2000 miles to the Arctic Ocean.

While the general elevation is 2000 to 2700 m, some of the individual peaks, consisting largely of granites and metamorphic slates reach altitudes of over 3000 m, with the highest being Munku-Sardyk at 3492 m.

From the Mongolian plateau the ascent is on the whole gentle, but from the plains of Siberia it is much steeper, despite the fact that the range is masked by a broad belt of subsidiary ranges of an Alpine character.

Lake Baikal and the Angara River in Snowy Siberia

February 27th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Lake Baikal, Russia - February 24th, 2009

Lake Baikal, Russia - February 24th, 2009

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Lake Baikal, in southern Siberia and most of this part of Russia, are covered by snow.

Baikal has more water than all of North America’s Great Lakes combined – 23,600 cubic kilometers (5,700 cu mi), about one fifth of the total surface fresh water on the earth.

However, in surface area, it is exceeded by the much shallower Great Lakes, Superior, Huron and Michigan, in North America, as well as by the relatively shallow Lake Victoria in East Africa.

Known as the “Gal├ípagos of Russia”, its age and isolation have produced some of the world’s richest and most unusual freshwater fauna, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science.

What appears to be an island (bottom center) in the first close-up is actually the Svyatoy Nos (Holy Nose) Peninsula. Its connection to the coast is hidden by snow.

The second close-up focuses on a section of the Angara River, the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal. It leaves the lake near the settlement of Listvyanka. The river is 1779 km (1105 miles) long and flows through Irkutsk Oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai.

The final close-up showing the southwestern tip of the lake (right) and the beginning of a mountain range (left) through which the Kitoy River flows.

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