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Saint Petersburg on Shores of Gulf of Finland, Russia – July 13th, 2010

59.9N 30.3E

July 13th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Russia - June 30th, 2010

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Russia - June 30th, 2010

Parts of northwestern Russia (upper right quadrant) and southern Finland (top center) as well as the countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (moving southwestward down the coast) can be seen here.

Also visible are several bodies of water, including the Gulf of Riga, a bay of the Baltic Sea between Latvia and Estonia (left, with a rounded base); the Gulf of Finland, between Finland and Estonia (northeast of the Gulf of Riga, with a more rectangular shape); Lake Peipsi-Pihkva, on the border between Estonia and Russia (south of the Gulf of Finland); and Lake Ladoga, in Russia (upper right corner).

The city of Saint Petersburg, Russia, is visible as a grey area at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. Upon opening the full image, the Neva River can be seen passing through the city. Also visible in the full image near St. Petersburg is Kotlin Island, connected to the mainland by shoals and bridges to the north and south.

Russian and Latvian Landscapes

May 5th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Russia and Latvia - April 19th, 2009

Russia and Latvia - April 19th, 2009

While the landscape to the North, in Finland (top left) and Russia (right) is dusted with snow, the southern portion of the image, including Latvia (bottom left) is clear. Estonia (center left) is partially veiled by clouds.

The northern and eastern shores of Lake Ladoga in Russia (top) are ringed by ice. It drains into the Gulf of Finland (left) via the Neva River. The city of Saint Petersburg, Russia, is located between the two, on the banks of the Neva.

Further southwest, the Gulf of Riga, a bay of the Baltic Sea, is visible between Estonia and Latvia. It has an area of about 18,000 km² and a maximum depth of 54 meters.

Latvia itself is located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea and lies on the East European Plain. However in vegetation it is much different than the rest of the plain and shares many similarities with the boreal biome. It consists of fertile, low-lying plains, largely covered by forest, mostly pines.

Svir River and Lake Ladoga, Russia

April 29th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Lake Ladoga and Svir River, Russia - April 20th, 2009

Lake Ladoga and Svir River, Russia - April 20th, 2009

The Svir, moving diagonally across the image from the upper right, is a river in the north-east of Leningrad Oblast, Russia.

The right bank of the lower Svir is occupied by the Nizhnesvirsky Nature Reserve, established in 1980.

It flows from Lake Onega west to  Lake Ladoga, on the left side of this image, thus connecting the two largest lakes of Europe. It is also the largest river flowing into Lake Ladoga.

The basin of Lake Ladoga includes about 50,000 lakes and 3,500 rivers longer than 10 km. About 85% of the water income is due to tributaries, 13% is due to precipitation, and 2% is due to underground waters.

Some towns and an agricultural area can be seen near the shores of the lake towards the upper left.

Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga, near Gulf of Finland – April 23rd, 2009

April 23rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Lakes, Russia - April 9th, 2009

Lakes, Russia - April 9th, 2009

Russian lakes displaying various degrees of thaw are visible here, northeast of the Gulf of Finland (center left). The two largest are Lake Onega (top right) and Lake Ladoga (middle). The former is covered by snow and ice, while the latter has some ice ringing its shoreline and some gradually breaking apart in the center.

Lake Ladoga is a freshwater lake located in Republic of Karelia and Leningrad Oblast in northwestern Russia, not far from Saint Petersburg. It is the largest lake in Europe, and the 14th largest lake by area in the world.

The lake’s area is 17,891 km² (excluding its islands). Its length (north to south) is 219 km, average width is 83 km, average depth is 51 m, and maximum depth is about 230 m (in the north-western part).

Separated from the Baltic Sea by the Karelian Isthmus, it drains into the Gulf of Finland via the Neva River.

Lake Onega, on the other hand, has a surface area of 9,894 km², a volume of 280 km³, and a maximum depth of 120 m. It is the second largest lake in Europe, and the 18th largest lake by area in the world.

It is fed by 58 rivers, the main rivers being the Shuya, Suna, Vodla, Vytegra and Andoma.

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