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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.

Rivers and Lakes Near Volgograd, Russia – November 13th, 2009

48.7N 44.5E

November 13th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Russia - October 7th, 2009

Russia - October 7th, 2009

Rivers and lakes seem to divide this image of Russian terrain into four square-like segments. The Volga River, from the center to the right edge, and the Volgograd Reservoir, from the center to the top edge, meet at an almost right-angle.  The reservoir, formed by a dam on the Volga, is thicker and darker blue.

On the other side of the image, the Don River flows across the upper left quadrant towards the center. From the center towards the bottom left is the Tsimlyansk Reservoir or Tsimlyanskoye Reservoir, another artificial lake, this time created by a dam on the Don River.

The rest of the land between the rivers seems mostly devoted to agriculture, with many rectangular fields visible. One large city, however, is visible as a grey area near the center. This is Volgograd, formerly called both Tsaritsyn and Stalingrad, the administrative center of Volgograd Oblast, Russia. It is 80 kilometres long, north to south, situated on the western bank of the Volga River.

Salt Lakes in Russia and Kazakhstan

48.7N 47.4E

July 18th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Russia and Kazakhstan - June 21st, 2009

Russia and Kazakhstan - June 21st, 2009

White salt lakes of various sizes dot the brown landscape of Russia (far left) and Kazakhstan, not far from the Caspian Sea. The green area in the bottom left corner is a part of the vegetated lands along the Volga River.

The rounded lake near the center of the left edge is Lake Elton, a salt lake in Volgograd Oblast, Russia, near the border with Kazakhstan. It has an area of 150 km² and is from 0.3 to 0.6 m deep.

Near the bottom edge is Lake Baskunchak, a salt lake of 115 km² in Astrakhan Oblast, Russia, located about 270 km north of the Caspian Sea and 53 km east of the Volga. The surface elevation of the lake is 21 m below sea level.

It is fed by a river that draws from an area of 11,000 km². The salinity of the lake is about 300 g/l. Its very pure salt (99.8 % NaCl) covers 80 % of Russia’s salt production.

Agriculture around Tsimlyansk Reservoir, Russia

May 22nd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Tsimlyansk Reservoir, Russia - May 17th, 2009

Tsimlyansk Reservoir, Russia - May 17th, 2009

The Tsimlyansk Reservoir is located on the Don River on the territories of Rostov and Volgograd Oblasts at. It is one of the largest reservoirs in Russia.

It was completed in 1952 to provide power and irrigation to the region from Rostov to Volgograd. The Tsimlyansk Dam also provides flood control for the lower Don River basin.

The reservoir is part of a waterway for the shipping of raw materials from the upper Don and Volga basins to the lower Don River basin and vice versa.

Completion of the lake resulted in a high growth of industry and agriculture. In fact, many fields can be seen here in the area surrounding the lake. Crops grown in the region around the lake include wheat, rice, cotton, maize, alfalfa, fruit, grapes, and vegetables.