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Volgograd on Banks of Volga River, Russia

48.7N 44.5E

April 17th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Russia - April 14th, 2012

The thick line crossing this image is the Volgograd Reservoir, on the Volga River, the longest river in Europe. The Volgograd Reservoir has an area of 3,117 km², volume is 31,5 km², length is 540 km, maximal width is 17 km, average depth is 10.1 m. It is the third largest reservoir in Russia.

The Volga River belongs to the closed basin of the Caspian Sea. Rising in the Valdai Hills 225 meters (738 ft) above sea level northwest of Moscow It turns south and then east; at its most strategic point, it bends toward the Don (“the big bend”). Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, is located there, visible as a grey area in the full image.

 

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.

Rivers and Reservoirs in Russia – July 22nd, 2009

47.8N 42.8E

July 22nd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Russia - June 21st, 2009

Russia - June 21st, 2009

Multiple rivers and streams criss-cross this portion of Russian terrain between the Sea of Azov and the Caspian Sea. The  Volga River and surrounded vegetation are seen as the thick green line stretching from the center to the central right edge.

Forming a right angle with the Volga is a large artificial lake, the Volgograd Reservoir, formed by the dam of the Volga Hydroelectric Station.  The third largest reservoir in Russia, it has an area of 3,117 sq. km, a volume of 31,5 sq.km, a length of 540 km, a maximal width of 17 km, and an average depth of 10,1 m.

Another artificial lake can be observed to the southwest: the Tsimlyansk Reservoir or Tsimlyanskoye Reservoir, on the Don River.  One of the largest reservoirs in Russia, it providing power and irrigation to the Rostov and Volgograd regions. The Tsimlyansk Dam also provides flood control for the lower Don River basin.

Along with the Volga-Don Canal, the reservoir forms part of a waterway for the shipping of raw materials from the upper Don and Volga-Caspian basins to the lower Don River – Sea of Azov basin and vice versa.

Many fields are visible in this region, particularly around the Tsimlyansk Reservoir. Crops grown around the lake include wheat, rice, cotton, maize, alfalfa, fruit, grapes, and vegetables.

Disturbance Covers Russian Lands Between Two Seas

April 10th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Disturbance over Russia - April 9th, 2009

Disturbance over Russia - April 9th, 2009

A large atmospheric disturbance looms over southwestern Russia, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. The skies above the Black Sea are clear, as the storm hasn’t passed over the Caucasus Mountains.

The Tsimlyansk Reservoir and part of the Volga River are visible north of the disturbance.

The Volga is the largest river in Europe in terms of length, discharge, and watershed. It flows through the western part of Russia, and is widely viewed as the national river of Russia.

In fact, eleven out of the twenty largest cities of Russia, including its capital Moscow, are situated in the Volga basin. Some of the largest reservoirs in the world can be found along the Volga.

Tsimlyansk Reservoir or Tsimlyanskoye Reservoir is an artificial lake on the Don River and one of the largest reservoirs in Russia. It was completed in 1952, providing power and irrigation to the Rostov and Volgograd regions.

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