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Mountains and Volcanoes of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

56.6N 161.3E

September 8th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia - August 15th, 2009

Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia - August 15th, 2009

The Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometer long peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of 472,300 kmĀ². It lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west.

The southern tip is called Cape Lopatka. The circular bay to the north of this on the Pacific side is Avacha Bay with the capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Moving north up along the Pacific side, the four peninsulas are called Shipunsky Point, Kronotsky Point, Kamchatsky Point and Ozernoy Point. North of Ozernoy is the large Karaginsky Bay and island.

The spine of the peninsula is the Kamchatka or Central Range, clearly visible here splicing through the center. Along the southeast cost is the Vostochny or Eastern Range. Between these is the central valley.

The Kamchatka peninsula contains the Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Heritage Site, many of which can be observed here, particularly along the east coast.

Of particular note is the Shiveluch Volcano, identifiable here near the image center thanks to its distinct brown cone. It is the northernmost active volcano in Kamchatka Krai.

South of Shiveluch, crowned by white, is Tolbachik, a volcanic complex. It consists of two volcanoes, Plosky (flat) Tolbachik and Ostry (sharp) Tolbachik, which as the names suggest are respectively a flat-topped shield volcano and a peaked stratovolcano

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