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Sediments Around Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, Russia

73.4N 140.0E

September 27th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Russia – September 26th, 2012

Visible at the top center of this image is Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, or Great Lyakhovsky, the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands belonging to the New Siberian Islands. The archipelago is located between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in northern Russia. Here, the surrounding sea waters appear greenish, probably due to sediments. The peninsula projecting towards the west of the island is the Kigilyakh Peninsula. Off Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island’s southwestern cape lies a small islet called Ostrov Khopto-Terer.

Thick Band of Smoke South of Buor-Khaya Gulf, Russia

67.2N 124.5E

July 22nd, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers

Russia – July 13th, 2012

A band of thick smoke crosses the central and lower parts of this image of Russia. Visible at the top of the image is the Buor-Khaya Gulf or Buor-Khaya Bight, one of the most important gulfs of the Laptev Sea. Visible entering the gulf on the left side is the Lena River, which can also be seen curving downwards across the image, until it is covered by the thick cloud of smoke in the lower left quadrant.

Double Blaze in Russian Siberia

73.0N 127.0E

July 3rd, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Fires

Russia - July 2nd, 2009

Russia - July 2nd, 2009

Fires continue to burn near the Lena Delta and the Laptev Sea in Siberia, in Russia’s Sakha Republic (click here for previous article). The Siberian fire season generally begins towards the end of June, so the two blazes here, in the lower left quadrant, are not out of the ordinary.

However, deforestation from fires in Siberia and the rest of the taiga biome has been increasing greatly. This is due to global warming and lack of funding to fight the fires, reports the BBC, and is putting the biome’s conifer forests at risk.

The Lena River Delta, Russia – June 30th, 2009

73.0N 127.0E

June 30th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Russia - June 24th, 2009

Russia - June 24th, 2009

The Lena River runs horizontally across the left side of this image, forming an immense delta by its mouth in Sakha Republic, in the far north of eastern Siberia, Russia. The Lena empties into the Laptev Sea, which is mostly covered in ice, here.

Much of the delta is protected as the Lena Delta Wildlife Reserve, a scientific nature reserve with a total land area of 61,000 square kilometres (23,552 sq mi), making it the largest protected area in Russia.

The delta itself has a size of about 30,000 square kilometres (11,583 sq mi), making it one of the largest of the world. It protects large concentrations of birds, including swans, geese and ducks, loons, shorebirds, raptors and gulls. It is also an important fish spawning site.