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Lake Ladoga and Saint Petersburg in Northwestern Russia

59.9N 30.3E

June 15th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Russia - May 23rd, 2011

Lake Ladoga is a freshwater lake located in the Republic of Karelia and Leningrad Oblast in northwestern Russia, not far from Saint Petersburg (visible as a grey area west of the lake, by the shores of the Gulf of Finland).

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 the islands). Its length (north to south) is 219 km, average width is 83 km, average depth is 51 m, 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. It is also part of the Volga-Baltic Waterway connecting the Baltic Sea with the Volga River.

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.