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Fires and Ice in Eastern Russian Siberia

55.0N 137.6E

May 19th, 2012 Category: Fires

Russia - May 19th, 2012

The various white areas in this image are indicative of different phenomena. In the upper left quadrant, the white indicates ice. It appears thicker to the west and thinner to the east. Visible as dark areas amidst the ice are the Shantar Islands, a group of fifteen islands that lie in Uda Bay, in the southwestern zone of the Sea of Okhotsk. Further east, on the right side of the image (best observed upon opening the full version) the white color is due to haze and cloud-cover. Near the center of the image is a whitish plume of smoke from a wildfire in far-eastern Russian Siberia.

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.