NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite captured Lake Khanka or Lake Xingkai, a freshwater lake on the border between Russia and China. The green hues in the water are chlorophyll-rich phytoplankton in the lake, which contains a fairly constant presence of diatoms.

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Lake Khanka is a shallow water body, with an average depth of 4.5m and a prevailing depth of 1–3m; the greatest depth is 10.6m. The animal and plant world of Lake Khanka is diverse. In 1971, the Ramsar Convention gave the lake the status of a wetland of international importance. In 1990, the Khanka Nature Reserve was organized in part of the then-Soviet basin of Lake Khanka. In April 1996, an agreement was signed between the Governments of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the establishment of an international Russian-Chinese nature reserve around the lake, from the Khankai Reserve in Russia and the Chinese Sinkai-Hu Reserve.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Wikipedia

Reference: Eerie Green Swirls of Lake Khanka (NASA Earth Observatory)
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