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Moskva River Meandering Through Moscow, Russia

55.7N 37.6E

November 5th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Russia - April 10th, 2010

The large, bright white area in this image is the city of Moscow, the capital, the most populous city, and the most populous federal subject of Russia.

Moscow is situated on the banks of the Moskva River, which flows for just over 500 km through the East European Plain in central Russia. The river can be observed in the full image, meandering through the city.

Moscow and Western Russia to the Baltic Sea – October 15th, 2010

55.5N 29.9E

October 15th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Russia - October 9th, 2010


The landscape of western Russia is visible between two large areas of cloud cover in the main image.

Small sections of the Baltic Sea can be seen to the left, by the countries of Estonia (above) and Lativa (below). Some land in the lower left part of the full image also belongs to Belarus.

The close-up focuses on the city of Moscow, visible as a grey area amidst the green landscape. The city is situated in the center of the close-up and by the right edge of the main image.

Moskva River Flowing Through Moscow, Russia – October 3rd, 2010

55.7N 37.6E

October 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Russia - August 27th, 2010

Moscow, the capital and most populous city of Russia, appears as an expansive white area on the right side of this image. It is also the most populous city on the continent of Europe and the seventh largest city proper in the world.

It is located by the Moskva River in the Central Federal District, in the European part of Russia, and sits on the junction of three big geological platforms. Upon opening the full image, the Moskva River can be seen winding through the metropolitan area. It has a length of 503 km and a drainage basin with an area of 17,600 kmĀ².

Wildfire Northeast of Dnieper River and Black Sea, Russia

50.3N 35.7E

August 16th, 2010 Category: Fires, Lakes, Rivers

Russia - August 4th, 2010

The lower parts of this image are occupied by the Black Sea (furthest south) and the Sea of Azov (connected to the former, slightly north of it). The Sea of Azov appears more greenish in color.

The surrounding land belongs to Ukraine (upper left quadrant) and Russia (remainder of image). The bay generally freezes from December to May; however in this image taken in late April, it is completely clear of ice and its waters appear tinged green with sediments.

The river flowing across the image and into the Black Sea to the west of the Crimean Peninsula is the Dnieper. It flows from Russia, through Belarus and Ukraine, to the Black Sea, for a total length of 2,285 kilometres (1,420 mi).

Black Sea (larger, below) and the Sea of Azov (smaller, above). The land belongs to Turkey (below), Georgia (center right), Russia (upper right quadrant) and Ukraine (upper left quadrant).

Moving northeastward into Russian territory, a fire can be seen in the upper right quadrant. It appears to be situated in a forested area about halfway between Moscow and the Ukrainian border. Russia has been plagued by such wildfires this summer (click here for previous articles).

Around 554 Wildfires Still Raging in Russia – August 9th, 2010

56.9N 49.9E

August 9th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Russia - July 30th, 2010

Russia continues to be affected by wildfires, as state media report that about 270 new wildfires have started in the drought-plagued country over the past 24 hours. Although as many as 276 wildfires have been extinguished, it is estimated that 554 wildfires are still raging on an area of over 190,000 hectares.

According to Russia’s health and social development ministry, wildfires have killed at least 52 people and left dozens hospitalized. Moscow is choking in intense smog, with toxic substances at levels several times greater than the norm, from the combination of forest fires and pollutants.

Several large blazes can be seen in the upper half of the thumbnail image, with the lower half veiled by smoke. In the full image, other fires can be seen further south (the two in the bottom left corner are situated in Kazakhstan).

Although the exact location of the blazes is difficult to pinpoint due to the hazy skies, those visible here are located somewhere east of Moscow and between Yekaterinburg and Syktyvkar.