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Vilyuy and Aldan Rivers Flowing into the Lena, Russia

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April 20th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Russia - March 5th, 2010

Russia - March 5th, 2010

Two of the tributaries of the Lena River, the Vilyuy (left) and the Aldan (right) can be seen flowing across eastern Siberia and into the Lena (above), which follows the curve of the Verkhoyansk Range in Russia’s Sakha Republic.

The Vilyuy River is the longest tributary of the Lena River, with a length of approximately 2,650 km, of which around 1,450 km is navigable. The Vilyuy’s drainage basin is about 454,000 kmĀ². The Vilyuy’s source lies near Ekonda, in Vilyuy Plateau, the north part of the Central Siberian Plateau. After flowing eastwards for a long stretch, it joins the Lena near Sangar.

The Aldan River is the second-longest tributary of the Lena River in the Sakha Republic in eastern Siberia. The river is 2,273 km (1412 mi) long, of which around 1,600 km (994 mi) is navigable. It rises in the Stanovoy Mountains southwest of Neryungri, then flows northeast past Aldan and eventually turns northwest and joins the Lena near Batamay.

The Verkhoyansk Range and Lena River, Russia

March 6th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Verkhoyansky Range and Lena River, Russia - March 4th, 2009

Verkhoyansk Range and Lena River, Russia - March 4th, 2009

The Verkhoyansk Range is a mountain range of eastern Siberia, spanning about 1000 kilometers (600 meters), across the Sakha Republic, Russia. It rises to approximately 2,480 meters (8,150 feet) in the South.

It forms a vast arc between the Lena and Aldan rivers to the West and the Yana River to the East. The Lena River is clearly visibleĀ  just below the range, following its curve. It is covered with snow and ice and appears bright white.

The range lies just west of the boundary of the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates. It contains coal, silver, lead, and zinc deposits.

The world’s lowest temperatures for inhabited places have been recorded in this region, and there is quite deep snow cover for most of the year. In this image, the mountains are covered with bright white snow, and the surrounding area is blanketed as well.