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Smoke Over Sea of Okhotsk, Russia

57.5N 147.1E

May 14th, 2012 Category: Fires, Volcanoes

Russia - May 14th, 2012

A plume of smoke blows southward off the coast of Russia, over the Sea of Okhotsk, between Sakhalin Island (left edge) and the Kamchatka Peninsula (right edge). A thinner veil of smoke is also visible over Shakhalin, blowing eastward towards Kamchatka. At the bottom of the Kamchatka Peninsula, by the left edge (best viewed in the full image) is the snow-capped Bolshaya Ipelka Volcano, an immense shield volcano.

Wildfires Blazing in Russian Far East – August 3rd, 2011

51.8N 136.6E

August 3rd, 2011 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Russia - July 28th, 2011

Close-up

A thick cloud of smoke blows off the northeast coast of Russia, passing over Sakhalin Island and the Sea of Okhotsk in the main image. In the close-up, many fires themselves can be seen releasing thick plumes of smoke, further inland (click here for previous articles).

Firefighters have extinguished 14 wildfires in the Russian Far East in the past twenty-four hours, but are still battling 20 forest fires in the area, the regional forestry department said on Sunday.

“Satellite monitoring and aircraft surveillance registered a total of 34 forest fires on Saturday on an area of about 6,300 hectares. Fourteen fires have been extinguished over the past twenty-four hours on an area of over 5,700 hectares,” the department said.

Over 600 people and 100 pieces of equipment, including 19 aircraft, are involved in the firefighting effort, the department said.

Russia is trying to prevent the developments of last summer, when an enormous heat wave in the country’s European part caused massive wildfires, which killed 62 people and left thousands homeless.

Wildfires in forested regions of Russia are common during the dry and hot summer season. Most of the time, the fires start because of the careless behavior of local residents in the woods.

Smoke Off Eastern Coast of Russia

48.6N 142.9E

July 29th, 2011 Category: Fires

Russia - July 24th, 2011

A thick cloud of smoke blows over Sakhalin Island and far out over the Pacific Ocean. Through the thin veil of smoke, the island appears green, as the whole of it is covered with dense forests, mostly coniferous.

Sakhalin is a large island in the North Pacific, part of Russia and its largest island, administered as part of Sakhalin Oblast. It is separated from the mainland by the narrow and shallow Mamiya Strait or Strait of Tartary, and from Hokkaidō, Japan, by the Soya Strait or Strait of La Pérouse.

Vegetation Index of Sakhalin Island and Khabarovsk Krai, Russia

55.0N 137.6E

October 14th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Russia - August 27th, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on the coastal parts of Khabarovsk Krai, the fourth-largest federal district within the Russian Federation. It has a comparative land area slightly larger than that of the U.S. state of Texas.

Taiga and tundra in the north, swampy forest in the central depression, and deciduous forest in the south are the natural vegetation in the area. Here, the vegetation index appears generally good (green), with some small patches of low (yellow) and high (rusty red) photosynthetic activity.

Also visible is the large Sakhalin Island (right) and the cluster of the smaller Shantar Islands (center left). Sakhalin Island is Russia’s largest island, administered as part of Sakhalin Oblast. The Shantar Islands, on the other hand, belong administratively to Khabarovsk Krai. They are a group of fifteen islands that lie in Uda Bay, in the southwestern zone of the Sea of Okhotsk, close to the shores of the Siberian mainland.

Mouth of the Amur River, Russia

September 17th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Russia - August 7th, 2009

Russia - August 7th, 2009

The Amur River carries brown sediments across northeastern Russia into in the Strait of Tartary, between the Russian mainland and Sakhalin Island.

The Amur is the world’s ninth longest river, forming the border between the Russian Far East and Northeastern China, where it is known as the Heilong Jiang.

Flowing across northeast Asia for over 4,444 km (2,761 mi), from the mountains of northeastern China to the Sea of Okhotsk (near Nikolayevsk-na-Amure), it drains a remarkable watershed that includes diverse landscapes of desert, steppe, tundra, and taiga, eventually emptying into the sea through the Strait of Tartary, where the mouth of the river faces the northern end of the island of Sakhalin.

The average annual discharge varies from 6000 m³/s (1980) – 12000 m³/s (1957), leading to an average 9819 m³/s or 310 km³ per year.