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Vegetation Index of Sakhalin Island and Khabarovsk Krai, Russia

55.0N 137.6E

October 14th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Russia - August 27th, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on the coastal parts of Khabarovsk Krai, the fourth-largest federal district within the Russian Federation. It has a comparative land area slightly larger than that of the U.S. state of Texas.

Taiga and tundra in the north, swampy forest in the central depression, and deciduous forest in the south are the natural vegetation in the area. Here, the vegetation index appears generally good (green), with some small patches of low (yellow) and high (rusty red) photosynthetic activity.

Also visible is the large Sakhalin Island (right) and the cluster of the smaller Shantar Islands (center left). Sakhalin Island is Russia’s largest island, administered as part of Sakhalin Oblast. The Shantar Islands, on the other hand, belong administratively to Khabarovsk Krai. They are a group of fifteen islands that lie in Uda Bay, in the southwestern zone of the Sea of Okhotsk, close to the shores of the Siberian mainland.

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