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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.

Large Fire in Russian Siberia

73.0N 127.0E

June 25th, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Fires

Russia - June 24th, 2009

Russia - June 24th, 2009

A large fire, visible in the upper right quadrant, blazes in Russia’s Sakha Republic, in Siberia. Fires in this region are common at this time of year, as the Siberian fire season, normally starts in late June.

The fire is in the taiga biome, characterized by cold temperatures and conifer forests. The taiga, which accounts for one-fifth of the world’s forested land and is the world’s largest terrestrial biome, has seen a tenfold increase in the rate of deforestation in recent decades.

Scientists say global warming and lack of funding, which has left foresters ill-equipped to combat fires, are the main factors behind the loss.

Loggers have also been accused of starting some fires, reports the BBC, which enable them to trade in timber which is cheap but still usable.

The Lena River and Lena Delta are also visible in the lower right quadrant, and the Laptev Sea can be seen, covered in ice, in the lower left quadrant.