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Multiple Lakes Around the Sayan Mountains in Asia

49.8N 90.7E

October 26th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China - October 13th, 2010

The Sayan Mountains, capped in snow, have a central position in this image. Multiple lakes can be observed in the lowlands near the foot of the range.

In the upper right quadrant, in Russia, is the Krasnoyarskoye Reservoir, appearing as a thick dark blue line. The reservoir is located along the Yenisei River.

To the south, across the mountains near the center right, is Lake Uvs Nuur. It is situated on the border between Russia’s Tuva Republic (north) and Mongolia (south). Several other lakes can be seen further south, in Mongolia’s Great Lakes Depression.

In the lower left quadrant, the lake that appears as a long, thick, jagged line is Lake Zaysan, in Kazakhstan. To the east, is the brighter green Lake Ulungur, in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Border Between Russia’s Tuva Republic and Mongolia

50.2N 92.6E

July 28th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia and Mongolia - June 8th, 2009

Russia and Mongolia - June 8th, 2009

The green, vegetated terrain of Russia above the Sayan Mountains contrasts with the yellow Mongolian terrain below.

In Russia, above the Sayan Mountains, the long, dark blue line is the Krasnoyarskoye Reservoir on the Yenisei River. Lake Uvs Nuur, below the mountains, marks the border between Mongolia and Russia’s Tuva Republic.

The Tuva Republic is situated in the far south of Siberia. The western part is a drier lowland, while the east is forested and elevated

Much of Mongolia, on the other hand, consists of steppes, with with cold and mountainous regions to the north and west. The highest point in Mongolia is the Khüiten Peak in the Tavan bogd massif in the far west at 4,374 m (14,350 ft), near the cloud covered area in the lower left quadrant.

The Sayan Mountains and the Yenisei River, Russia

69.4N 86.1E

June 26th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia - June 23rd, 2009

Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia - June 23rd, 2009

The Sayan Mountains are a mountain range in southern Siberia, Russia. The Eastern Sayan extends 1000 km from the Yenisei River to the southwest end of Lake Baikal. The Western Sayan forms the eastern continuation of the Altay Mountains, stretching for 500 km to the middle of the Eastern Sayan.

Here, part of the Eastern Sayan in Krasnoyarsk Krai is visible, bordered by the Yenisei River (lower left) and several lakes. The largest lake visible is Khantayskoye Reservoir, situated between the river and the snow-capped mountain peaks.

The Sayan Mountains’ towering peaks and cool lakes southwest of Tuva give rise to the tributaries that merge to become the Yenisei River, one of Siberia’s major rivers, which flows north over 2000 miles to the Arctic Ocean.

While the general elevation is 2000 to 2700 m, some of the individual peaks, consisting largely of granites and metamorphic slates reach altitudes of over 3000 m, with the highest being Munku-Sardyk at 3492 m.

From the Mongolian plateau the ascent is on the whole gentle, but from the plains of Siberia it is much steeper, despite the fact that the range is masked by a broad belt of subsidiary ranges of an Alpine character.

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