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Snow on the Kamchatka Peninsula and Ice Offshore, Russia

56.0N 160.0E

February 10th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Russia - January 25th, 2010

Russia - January 25th, 2010

The Kamchatka Peninsula, in the Russian Far East, is covered with a white blanket of snow. The peaks of the Kamchatka or Central Range are visible as a vertical line cutting through the center of the peninsula.

This large peninsula’s heavily indented east coast has four distinct smaller peninsular formations: (from bottom to top) Shipunsky Point, Kronotsky Point, Kamchatsky Point and Ozernoy Point. In the bays between these peninsulas, ice can be seen in swirled patterns on the surface of the water. These paisley designs are created when ice forms or melts and takes on the form of the water currents.

Snow-covered Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia – December 18th, 2009

53.0N 158.6E

December 18th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Russia - November 28th, 2009

Russia - November 28th, 2009

Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometer long peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of 472,300 km². It lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. The peninsula contains the Volcanoes of Kamchatka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here, the Kamchatka or Central Range can be seen running down the middle of the peninsula towards the southern tip, called Cape Lopatka. The circular bay to the north of the cape on the Pacific side is Avacha Bay with the capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Moving north from the cape, up the Pacific side, the four peninsulas are called Shipunsky Point, Kronotsky Point, Kamchatsky Point and Ozernoy Point.

Mountains and Volcanoes of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

56.6N 161.3E

September 8th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia - August 15th, 2009

Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia - August 15th, 2009

The Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometer long peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of 472,300 km². It lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west.

The southern tip is called Cape Lopatka. The circular bay to the north of this on the Pacific side is Avacha Bay with the capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Moving north up along the Pacific side, the four peninsulas are called Shipunsky Point, Kronotsky Point, Kamchatsky Point and Ozernoy Point. North of Ozernoy is the large Karaginsky Bay and island.

The spine of the peninsula is the Kamchatka or Central Range, clearly visible here splicing through the center. Along the southeast cost is the Vostochny or Eastern Range. Between these is the central valley.

The Kamchatka peninsula contains the Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Site, many of which can be observed here, particularly along the east coast.

Of particular note is the Shiveluch Volcano, identifiable here near the image center thanks to its distinct brown cone. It is the northernmost active volcano in Kamchatka Krai.

South of Shiveluch, crowned by white, is Tolbachik, a volcanic complex. It consists of two volcanoes, Plosky (flat) Tolbachik and Ostry (sharp) Tolbachik, which as the names suggest are respectively a flat-topped shield volcano and a peaked stratovolcano