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Lake Baikal During the Summer – September 23rd, 2011

53.1N 107.6E

September 23rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Russia - September 18th, 2011

Lake Baikal is the world’s oldest and deepest lake at 30 million years old and with an average depth of 744.4 metres.

Located in the south of the Russian region of Siberia, between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast, it is the most voluminous freshwater lake in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water. In this image, acquired during the northern hemisphere summer, its waters and the surrounding landscape are not frozen.

At 1,642 metres (5,387 ft), Lake Baikal is the deepest and among the clearest of all lakes in the world. Similarly to Lake Tanganyika, Lake Baikal was formed as an ancient rift valley, having the typical long crescent shape with a surface area of 31,722 km2/12,248 sq mi, less than that of Lake Superior or Lake Victoria. Baikal is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world.

Smoke Near Vilyuy and Lena Rivers, Russia

63.7N 121.6E

July 18th, 2011 Category: Fires, Rivers

Russia - July 14th, 2011

This image of Russian Siberia shows smoke from fires north of Lake Baikal (click here for more images of fires in Russia).

Just north of the smoke is a segment of the Lena River, the easternmost of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean. In the full image, the Vilyuy River, the longest tributary of the Lena, can be seen flowing across the Central Siberian. Plateau to its confluence with the Lena.

Fires Near Angara River and Lake Baikal, Russia

57.8N 100.9E

July 17th, 2011 Category: Fires, Lakes

Russia - July 14th, 2011

A cluster of wildfires can be observed near the Angara River in the upper left corner of this image of Russian Siberia. The smoke from the fires was blowing towards the north-northwest at the time the image was acquired.

Visible in the center of the image is Lake Baikal, in Russia. Southwest of its southern tip is Lake Khövsgöl, the largest lake in Mongolia.

Clouds of Smoke by Ural Mountains from Wildfires in Russia

60.0N 60.0E

May 27th, 2011 Category: Fires

Russia - May 21st, 2011

The smoke hanging in the air over Siberia is caused by wildfires in central Russia (click here for previous articles).

The fires have been mainly confined to remote parts of Siberia and the Urals, with no blazes reported near Moscow and other central Russian cities.

Confluence of Ob and Irtysh Rivers, Russia

54.9N 82.7E

May 13th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Russia - May 2nd, 2011

This image of Russia focuses on the confluence of the Ob River and the Irtysh River. The land around the riverbanks appears tan in color, while the rivers themselves are brown from sediments.

The Ob crosses the upper part of the image, while the Irtysh River flows vertically across the right side. The Irtysh is the chief tributary of the Ob, and the Ob is Russia’s fourth longest river.