Friday, April 18, 2014

Russia - Kamchatka Krai - Kurilskoye Lake

South Kamchatka Sanctuary, Kurilskoye Lake. Fighting for a prey.

Sent by Olesya from Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky in Kamchatka Krai, Russia.

Kurile Lake (Russian: Кури́льское о́зеро "Kuril’skoye Ozero", aka "Keuay") is a large caldera containing a crater lake located at the southern tip of Kamchatka Peninsula, within the Southern Kamchatka Wildlife Refuge in Russia.
It has an area of 77 square kilometres (30 sq mi) (the third largest by area of all lakes in Kamchatka and the second among the freshwater lakes, second only to Kronotsky lake). The lake has an average depth of 176 metres (577 ft), and a maximum depth of 306 m (1,004 ft). The lake is fed by snowmelt, rain and a few rivers and streams: the Etimynk, Hakytsin, Vychenkiya and Kirushutk. From the lake flows the Ozernaya (Lake) river into the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. The magnitude of fluctuation in the water level is one to three meters (the highest levels are from May to June and the lowest in April). The average water temperature off the shore is between six and seven degrees Celsius in September. (read further)

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