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Smoke from Wildfires in China and Russia

46.6N 125.1E

May 6th, 2013 Category: Fires

China – May 6th, 2013

A hazy veil hangs over the land around the Bohai Sea, in northeastern China and Korea. The haze may be caused by hundreds of wildfires burning to the north, in both China and Russia. In the full image, the exact locations of these fires are designated by red markers, and smoke plumes can be seen as well.

Climate Change’s Effect on Lake Ladoga, Russia

60.7N 31.6E

May 4th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Lakes

Russia – May 3rd, 2013

Lake Ladoga (center right), partially covered in ice, the largest freshwater lake in Europe, is a key stopover point for migratory birds on the North Atlantic flyway. Earlier arrival of songbirds at Lake Ladoga is a sign that spring is occurring earlier in Russia—one key impact of global warming.

Scientists found a correlation between warmer temperatures and earlier arrival of small migratory songbirds at sites across northern Europe.
Climate change has affected the coming of spring around the world: it arrived in the northern hemisphere on average 11 days earlier in 2000 compared to 1970.

Shifts in the timing of seasons vary substantially by species and location,  which could lead to broader ecological effects, such as disruptions in the food chain (click here for more information).

Snow-Covered Bolshya Ipelka Volcano, Russia – March 1st, 2013

52.5N 157.3E

March 1st, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Russia – February 28th, 2013

Kamchatka Peninsula, in the Russian Far East, is blanketed in snow. Visible through the white covering are the peaks of volcanoes such as the Bolshya Ipelka (above image center, near west coast), a large volcanic caldera surrounded by a ring-shaped ridge with steep inner walls and rocky outer slopes. It is made up of the remains of a great volcano that has been eroded and destroyed.

Borders Feature Revealing Lakes Near Turkey

40.3N 45.3E

February 10th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Lakes

Iran, Turkey, Armenia – January 27th, 2013

This cloud-covered image highlights the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature, which overlays countries’ boundaries on satellite images. Here, Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Russia and Azerbaijan can be observed counterclockwise from the bottom right, with Armenia in the center. While Lake Van, in Turkey, is partially visible through the clouds, the borders feature shows the location of other lakes that would be hidden: Lake Urmia (bottom), in Iran, Lake Sevan (center), in Armenia, and the Mingachevir Reservoir (upper right), in Azerbaijan.

Continued Eruption of Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Russia

55.8N 160.3E

December 25th, 2012 Category: Volcanoes

Russia – December 17th, 2012

A plume of ash blows from the Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, over the Kamchatka Strait. The volcano has been erupting for nearly a month. The volcano, which is visible left of the image center, is flanked by the Tolbachinsky Dol, a large, mostly treeless lava plateau that descends gradually for 25 km (15.5 mi). The plateau has been heavily affected by both ash fall and lava flow from the volcano from the early Holocene to recent times, giving it the darker brown color that can be seen here where the snow has melted.