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Tsimlyansk Reservoir and Lake Manych-Gudilo, Russia

47.8N 42.8E

January 21st, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Caspian Sea - December 29th, 2011

This image focuses on the Tsimlyansk Reservoir, an artificial lake on the Don River in the territories of Rostov and Volgograd Oblasts. Completed in 1952, the reservoir is one of the largest in Russia, providing power and irrigation to the Rostov and Volgograd regions. The reservoir, together with the Volga-Don Canal and the lower course of the Don, provides an important waterway between the Volga River basin and the Sea of Azov.

In the full image, the bright green Lake Manych-Gudilo can be observed to the south. It a large saltwater reservoir lake in Kalmykia, Russia. Part of the lake lies also in Rostov Oblast and Stavropol Krai. It has an area of about 344 km² and average depth of only about 0.6 m. Lake Manych-Gudilo is the source of the West Manych River, which flows north-west, through a number of reservoirs, falling into the lower Don a short distance upstream from Rostov-na-Donu and the Don’s fall into the Sea of Azov.

Green Waters of Lake Manych-Gudilo in Russia

46.3N 42.7E

May 29th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Russia - April 28th, 2010

Lake Manych-Gudilo is a large saltwater reservoir lake in Kalmykia, Russia. Part of the lake lies also in Rostov Oblast and Stavropol Krai. It has an area of about 344 km² and average depth of only about 0.6 m.

Lake Manych-Gudilo is the source of the West Manych River, which flows north-west, through a number of reservoirs, falling into the lower Don a short distance upstream from Rostov-na-Donu and the Don’s fall into the Sea of Azov.

Temperatures in the region through the year can range from -30°C in winter to 40°C in summer. The area is also home to many species of birds and is the site of the Chernye Zemli Biosphere Reserve.

Kuban and Bolshaya Laba Rivers by the Caucasus Mountains, Russia

44.2N 42.2E

December 8th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Georgia - November 24th, 2009

Georgia - November 24th, 2009

The Kuban River flows down from the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia and into Russia, just west of Lake Kubanskoye (upper right quadrant). It flows through the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Stavropol Krai, Krasnodar Krai, and the Republic of Adygea.

The Kuban flows 870 km north and west from its source near Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains, eventually reaching the Temryuk Bay of the Sea of Azov. The area of its drainage basin is 57,900 km². It is navigable along most of its length.

A left tributary of the Kuban, the Bolshaya Laba River, is visible in the upper left quadrant. It is a 214 km long river in Russia’s North Caucasus that flows through Krasnodar Krai and the Republic of Adygea. The Bolshaya Laba meets the Kuban in Ust-Labinsk. It is used for irrigation and timber floating, and is also suitable for rafting.

Chogray Reservoir on East Manych River, Southern Russia

October 11th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - September 6th, 2009

Russia - September 6th, 2009

Chogray Reservoir, appearing light grey parallel to the top edge, is an artificial lake on the East Manych River on the border of Stavropol Krai and Kalmykia in southern Russia. It is 49 km long, with an area of 185 square km and a volume of 0.7 cubic km.

The reservoir was constructed between 1969 and 1973, primarily to satisfy the demands of local irrigated farming, many fields of which can be seen here making checked patterns on the surrounding land.

Besides capturing water naturally brought by the tributaries of the East Manych River, Chogray Reservoir receives water from the Terek River and the Kuma River over the Kuma-Manych Canal, which was completed a few years before the lake.

Later on, another irrigation canal, Chernyye Zemli Main Canal, was built, taking water from Chogray Reservoir further east and north, into Kalmykia.