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Sivash Sea on Isthmus of Perekop, Crimea, Ukraine

44.9N 34.1E

December 8th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Ukraine - November 25th, 2011

Crimea, is a sub-national unit, an autonomous republic, of Ukraine. It is located on the northern coast of the Black Sea (blue, below) and on the western coast of the Sea of Azov (green, upper right), on the Crimean Peninsula, bordering Kherson Oblast from the North. Crimea’s total land area is 26,100 km2 (10,077 sq mi).

Crimea is connected to the mainland by the 5–7 kilometres (3.1–4.3 mi) wide Isthmus of Perekop. However, it is almost cut off from the mainland by the Sivash Sea, actually a large system of shallow, silty lagoons. Here, the lagoons show varied, bright colors, ranging from lime green to electric blue to pink.

At the eastern tip of Crimea is the Kerch Peninsula, which is directly opposite the Taman Peninsula on the Russian mainland. Between the Kerch and Taman peninsulas, lies the 3–13 kilometres (1.9–8.1 mi) wide Strait of Kerch, which connects the waters of the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov.

The Crimean coastline is broken by several bays and harbors. The southeast coast is flanked at a distance of 8–12 kilometres (5.0–7.5 mi) from the sea by a parallel range of mountains, the Crimean Mountains. These mountains are backed by secondary parallel ranges. Seventy-five percent of the remaining area of Crimea consists of semiarid prairie lands, a southward continuation of the Pontic steppes, which slope gently to the northwest from the foot of the Crimean Mountains.

Sediments in the Sivash, Black and Azov Seas by Ukraine

46.0N 34.2E

December 3rd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Sediments

Ukraine - November 28th, 2010

The Crimean Peninsula, part of Ukraine, occupies most of this image. The peninsula is surrounded by the Black Sea to the west and south, and by the Sea of Azov to the east. Greenish sediments can be observed in both of these bodies of water.

The penisula is connected to mainland Ukraine by the Isthmus of Perekop. The brightly colored green, blue and tan lakes and inlets located across the isthmus are the salty, marshy bodies of water collectively known as the Sivash Sea.

Colorful Inlets of the Sivash Sea, Ukraine – May 19th, 2010

46.0N 34.0E

May 19th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Ukraine - April 28th, 2010

Ukraine - April 28th, 2010

The Sivash Sea (also spelled Syvash or Sivaš), meaning “Putrid Sea”, is a system of shallow inlets of the Sea of Azov. These inlets penetrate the northern and eastern coasts of the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine (bottom half of image). Here, the inlets appear quite colorful, with tan, green and blue hues.

Sivash is an area of marshy inlets and coves on the western margin of the Sea of Azov, from which it is separated by the Arabat Spit, a sandbar measuring from 900 feet to 5 miles (270 m to 8 km) in width. The “sea” covers an area of approximately 990 square miles (2,560 square km) and is covered with mineral salts during the summer.

Rivermouths Along the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea

45.0N 34.0E

September 21st, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Black Sea - August 16th, 2009

Black Sea - August 16th, 2009

The Dnieper River flows across Ukraine, first southeast then southwest, into the Black Sea. Further southwest along the shoreline, the mouth and delta of the Danube River can also be seen.

On the right, in Russia, the Don River spills through Taganrog Bay into the  Sea of Azov , which is in turn connected to the Black Sea through the Strait of Kerch.

Lying in the north central part of the Black Sea is the Crimean Peninsula, whose connection to the Ukrainian mainland via the Isthmus of Perekop is punctuated by the salty, marshy inlets of the Sivash Sea.

Both the Danube and the Dnieper can be seen releasing  some sediments into the Black Sea, although the concentration appears to heavier in the Sea of Azov near the mouth of the Don.

The Sea of Azov and the Crimean Peninsula – April 13th, 2009

April 13th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Sea of Azov and Crimea - April 5th, 2009

Sea of Azov and Crimea - April 5th, 2009

The Sea of Azov is the world’s shallowest sea, linked by the Strait of Kerch to the Black Sea to the south. It is bounded on the north by Ukraine, on the east by Russia and on the west by the Crimean peninsula.

The sea is 340 kilometres (210 mi) long and 135 kilometres (84 mi) wide and has an area of 37,555 square kilometres (14,500 sq mi).

The main rivers flowing into it are the Don and Kuban; they ensure that the waters of the sea have comparatively low salinity and are almost fresh in places, and also bring in huge volumes of silt. Here, such silt appears greenish yellow and is particularly intense along the northern shores.

To the west also lie the 110 kilometres (68 mi) long Arabat Spit and the highly saline marshy inlets of the Sivash Sea on the border of the Crimean Peninsula.

The Sea of Azov is the shallowest sea in the world with an average depth of 13 metres (43 ft) and maximum depth of 15.3 metres (50 ft); where silt has built up, such as the Gulf of Taganrog, the average depth is less than 1 metre (3 ft).